Who would have thought that a soft drink is safe for your teeth?
Before you go out and buy a case of Pepsi or Coca-Cola, STOP!
If you’re looking for a soft drink that’s a bit less damaging, drink root beer. It’s non-carbonated and according to a recent report in General Dentistry, does not contain the acids that harm teeth.
Dental erosion is the loss of tooth enamel and at times deeper parts of the tooth.
The two main effects of regular soda on your teeth are erosion and cavities.
Erosion begins when the acids in soft drinks encounter the tooth enamel. While sports drinks and fruit juices can also damage enamel, they stop there.
Soft drinks can also affect the next layer, dentin, and even composite fillings. This damage to your tooth enamel can invite cavities. Cavities, or caries, develop over time in people who drink soft drinks regularly.
How to prevent damage
- Drink your soda in moderation. Don’t have more than one soft drink each day.
- Drink quickly. The faster you drink, the less time the sugars and acids have to damage your teeth.
- Use a straw. This will help keep the damaging acids and sugars away from your teeth.
- Rinse your mouth with water afterward.
- Wait before you brush.
- Avoid soft drinks before bedtime.
- Get regular dental cleanings.
Alternatives to soda
Have a soft drink that has a lower acid content. Sprite, Diet Coke, and Diet Dr. pepper are some of the least acidic soft drinks (but they still have some). Instead of soda, consider having a nice cool, refreshing glass of water.
If you need some advice, talk to your local dentist. They’ll be sure to let you know what is good and not good for your teeth.