Many people keep a large cup of soda on their desk while at work. But did you know that sipping on sugary drinks throughout the day can do considerable damage your teeth?
The high phosphoric acid levels in soda leads to tooth decay. The acid goes to work on the calcium on your teeth, wearing it away and leaving it vulnerable- which means a trip to the dentist for a filling, at the very least.
When you combine damage from soft drinks with improper brushing then you can end up losing a tooth permanently. That means you will need a bridge or implant to fill the space.
It’s not just the acid in the soda causing dental problems. Sodas can contain as much as 11 tablespoons of sugar. Sugar attracts bacteria which breaks it down into acid, leaving you with the same problem- potential cavities.
Think sugar-free sodas are the answer? Not so fast- they have acidic sweeteners that can damage tooth enamel too.
Do you already have tooth decay? Then you know how uncomfortable it is. It’s one of the top excuses given for the millions of missed work days each year. Even children end up with absent from school due to tooth discomfort.
Cut back on soda intake now and see your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist can end your discomfort, and prevent further problems. Possible options include a tooth colored filling to match the rest of your teeth or cosmetic dentistry to improve your smile. I
f you continue to drink soda and other sugary drinks, there are things you can do to prevent further tooth decay, although eliminating them completely is the best option.
- Don’t sip on soft drinks throughout the day. That only increases your teeth’s exposure to damage. Instead have a small drink only with meals. If possible, follow it up by rinsing with water.
- Keep a disposable tooth brush in your desk at all times. They have the toothpaste already added so that you only need to get it wet. You can pick them up at the any drugstore. Then give your teeth a quick brushing after sugary drinks.
- When you take a sip of soda the acids come in direct contact with your teeth. Use a straw when drinking soda so the drink doesn’t touch the outside of your teeth.
- Avoid soft drinks before bedtime. When acids sit on your teeth overnight you increase the chances that you will end up with cavities. Drink only plain water after dinner just to be safe.
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and add a fluoride rinse. You can have your dentist apply a professional fluoride treatment.
In addition to reducing soft drink intake, one of the best things to do for your mouth is visit your dentist at twice a year. You can get proper cleaning and thorough exam. That will help keep your mouth clean and healthy as well as prevent future tooth decay.