Go Easy On The Sugary Drinks!

Cans of sodaIT’S KNOWN BY MANY DIFFERENT NAMESpop, soda, soft drinks, soda pop—but when it comes down to its effect on your teeth, it’s all the same!

Sugary sodas have not only contributed a huge percentage to the nation’s obese population, but the acidic sugar byproducts and acids soften your tooth enamel, contributing to more cavities. Brushing gets even harder when your tooth enamel gets softer, creating an unwanted one/two punch.

Some of you may have heard that turning to sugar-free is a healthier alternative, and while that may be true, the effect diet sodas have on your teeth doesn’t change much. Diet sodas are LESS harmful to your teeth, but they can still cause acidic damage. Unfortunately, they only account for 14% of the nation’s soda consumption anyway.

Each year, the amount of soft drinks we consume in the United States increases dramatically—especially among teenagers and children. At least one in five children consumes a minimum of four servings of pop each day, and some teenagers drink much, much more. In fact, the problem has become so bad that the American Academy of Pediatrics sounded an alarm about the dangers and suggested guidelines for helping children create good better habits.

So, What Can I Do?

  • Reduce the amount you drink. Seems obvious, right?
  • Drink more water. It will help take away your cravings for soda.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste and/or mouth rinses.
  • Find substitutes you enjoy that are more healthy.
  • When you DO drink soda pop, rinse your mouth with water when you finish.
  • Don’t forget to schedule regular dental checkups.

Here at Dental Partners of Boston, it is our goal to help you keep your beautiful smile for life. If you have questions about different beverages and their effect on your teeth, be sure to ask us. We love talking to you, our valued patients, about your oral health.

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