We all know that soda is very hard on your teeth. The sugars in these bubbly beverages create a feeding frenzy for your oral bacteria, which can make quick work of your tooth enamel and delicate gum tissues. Knowing this, it can be tempting to switch to sugar-free sodas as a more tooth-friendly alternative. But is this really the solution you’re looking for?
What many people fail to understand is that the sugar content of sodas is only the tip of the iceberg. Sodas, just like all other carbonated beverages, are highly acidic substances. Just like the acid that is produced by your oral bacteria, this acid compromises your thin tooth enamel and leaves you vulnerable to dental caries. Since sugar-free sodas have just as much carbonation as conventional sodas, they have much of the same tooth-rotting power.
When you drink soda, consider following it up with a glass of water to rinse out your mouth, or a glass of milk to neutralize the acid. If you remain mindful of your habits, and always keep your appointments with our Bellevue dentist, Dr. Yu, you should be able to decrease your chances of tooth decay and gum disease.