They are referred to as soda or pop, regardless of their name, these sugary, carbonated drinks can cause a host of oral health issues. People may experience an erosion of tooth enamel. Carbonated drinks also contain acid that eats away at the tooth enamel – and enamel does not grow back.
Carbonated drinks contain over 11 teaspoons of sugar per 12 oz can. You will be vulnerable to dental decay or erosion if you drink soft drinks regularly. Students or young people who sip on soda throughout the day are the most commonly affected.
Here are some tips for patients to protect their smile from the effects of carbonated drinks:
- Avoid drinking soda throughout the day
- Only drink it during meal time
- Brush regularly with fluoride toothpaste and use a mouth rinse
- Rinse your mouth with water
- Schedule a visit with your dentist for fluoride treatment
Along with good oral hygiene, regular dental visits can counteract the effects of carbon drinks so you can enjoy excellent dental health.