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Posts for: May, 2016

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
May 06, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Soda  

It's probably not a surprise that soda, in addition to being high in calories and low in nutritional value, is bad for your teeth. But the way soda damages your teeth may be something you didn't realize. Your Silver Spring, MD dentist, Dr. Susan Pearson, believes in educating Sodaher patients about the decisions they can make about their dental health. She helps shed some light on the dangers of soda here.

How does soda affect my teeth?

Surprisingly, the sugar content of your favorite pop, orange sodas and lemon-lime soft drinks aren't the most pervasive threat against your teeth. Rather, it's the acidity contained in each one that wreaks havoc on your smile. Undiluted vinegar is essentially the only liquid higher in acid content than cola. To put it another way, most sodas have a pH level that is about 10,000 times stronger than water. This means that colas literally eat away at the enamel on your teeth, making them discolored, sensitive to hot and cold stimuli, and more prone to decay. Your Silver Spring dentist often seems patients with severe enamel damage as the result of a soda drinking habit.

What about diet soda?

Diet soda was created as a way for people diagnosed with diabetes to enjoy soft drinks. However, over time, diet soda has been touted as a "healthy" alternative to regular soda, both for weight maintenance and dental care. Unfortunately, with all its non-nutritive chemicals, diet soda packs the same amount of acidity as regular soda, making it just as harmful for your teeth.

Like many things, any flavor or type of soda enjoyed in moderation isn't likely to be harmful to your health or your teeth. But the caffeine in soda can be addictive, and a daily - or even hourly - habit can be very detrimental. If you think you may need an evaluation, we encourage you to call Susan Pearson, DDS in Silver Spring, MD for an evaluation today!




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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