Soda is always bad for your teethMost of us enjoy a soda once in awhile. In a perfect world we wouldn’t be interested, but we’re born with a sweet tooth and the occasional soda probably isn’t going to hurt you.

But if you have too many, you’ve got to look beyond the fear of cavities and realize that soda is bad for you short-term and long-term as well. And that’s why your local dentists here at Milan Family Dentistry hope you’ll take the following into consideration

Short Term: Acids Etch Your Teeth – The acids in soda soften your enamel, making it easier to lose. If you eat anything hard with your soda — chips, corn nuts, popcorn — you can scratch the enamel on your teeth. If you’re thinking you’ll be fine by simply brushing your teeth after a soda, don’t! Because your enamel is softened, your toothbrush is just as likely to scratch it and leave marks that your dentist can see. If you do have a soda, rinse your mouth out afterwards and allow time for the minerals in your saliva to strengthen your enamel before brushing your teeth.

Medium Term: Cavities – This is the most obvious one, but it bears repeating. Leaving sugar on your teeth gives the bacteria something to eat, and once they start eating they’re going to dig in and start working on the enamel of your teeth (which, as we mentioned above, is softened because of the acid in the soda). If someone has a “wake-up soda” at 9 AM, it’s likely that the sugar will stay on their teeth until they brush before bed. That’s about 13 hours for the sugar to sit on your teeth and feed the bacteria.

Long Term: DiabetesWhile excess sugar doesn’t lead directly to diabetes, it can lead to obesity. And obesity can put you at greater risk for diabetes. In turn, diabetics are more likely to have gum disease, a condition that leads to tooth decay and tooth loss. Don’t want dentures? Do your best to avoid diabetes.

Soda is tasty, but is it worth it? If you want to take care of your teeth, avoid it altogether, or at least take precautions to minimize the damage. Visit you local dentists in Milan for a checkup and we’ll help you take the best possible care of you teeth.