Here in the United States of American, one of the most consumed beverages is soda. In fact, statistics show that 50-70 percent of adolescents and nearly half of Americans of all ages consume one soda per day on average. However, we here at Brandon Complete Dental Care believe that this number would be much lower if people only knew how bad soda was for their teeth. In fact, soda can actually corrupt your teeth to the point where they will need to be removed and replaced with dental implants. Today, Dr. Richard Assing and Dr. Brenton Assing are blogging from their Brandon, FL area office to talk about the ways that soda is working to destroy your beautiful smile.
There are two main reasons why soda is so bad for our teeth. The first of these reasons is the fact that soda is full of sugar. Every time you drink a soda, this sugar ends up plastered to your teeth, where it sits undisturbed until you brush your teeth later. Sugar is bad for our teeth because it attracts bacteria. Using the sugar on your teeth, bacteria creates acids that will proceed to eat away at your teeth in a process we refer to as “tooth decay”. Some symptoms of tooth decay include chronic bad breath, off-color spots on your teeth, and toothaches.
The second reason why soda is so bad for our teeth is because of the carbonation used to keep it fresh and bubbly. In order to carbonate soda, a substance called carbonic acid is used. Much like the acid produced by the bacteria on your teeth, carbonic acid is also capable of eating away at the enamel of your teeth. Every time you drink a soda, your teeth are exposed to 20 to 30 minutes of acid damage. Enough of these “acid attacks” can weaken the defenses of your teeth to the point where they will be open to attack from even more dangerous oral conditions.
We can understand that the idea of giving up soda can be unappealing. If this is your case, then we recommend you take the following steps to at least lessen the damage your teeth receive from the tasty beverage.
As you can see, soda is bad news for your teeth. Should you happen to lose a tooth because you drank too much soda, rest assured that we can use a dental implant to restore that tooth. If you would like to learn more about dental implants and the many benefits that come with them, please contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Richard Assing and Dr. Brenton Assing today.
Dr. Richard Assing
719 W Robertson St.
Brandon, FL 33511
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Thursday: 8AM – 6PM
Friday: 8AM – 12PM