3 Ways Soda Damages your Oral Health

3 Ways Soda Damages your Oral Health

Soda is one of the most popular drinks in America – in fact, half of the American population drinks at least one sugared beverage on a daily basis. While drinking fluids high in sugar is largely associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes, soda and other sugar-rich drinks can severely damage your oral health.

Acid attacks your teeth

Perhaps the most worrisome thing that soda does to your teeth is the attack is launches, via acids found in most every soda, on your teeth. Specifically, soda does major harm to your enamel.

Erosion

One of the side effects of the acids in soda is the erosion of tooth enamel. Enamel is the hardest natural substance found in the human body, but soda can erode it over time, opening you up to the risk of tooth loss, gum disease, and cavities.

Cavities

The other major side effect of regular soda consumption is cavities. Once the soda eats away at your enamel, it’s only a matter of time until the acids in the soft drink decay your dentin, the layer below enamel, or even erode fillings. This creates cavities that, if left untreated, can turn into major tooth decay and become a problem only fixed by implants or dentures.

If you regularly consume soda, you should consider stopping or cutting back dramatically. You’ll also want to visit Dr. Desiree T. Palmer, DMD to ensure your habit hasn’t already had an adverse effect on your oral health.

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