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    Does Soda Really Harm Your Teeth?


    We all think we know better than the dentist does. We like our sodas, even the diet sodas. But is our dental health, in addition to our overall health, worth the numerous sodas we like to drink?

    The calories in a single can of soda are empty. Despite how much we like the taste, or the tickle of the carbonation on our noses, it has absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever. According to doctors, a single can of soda per day can increase your chances of diabetes, and having a heart attack.tooth decay solution Hammond, LA

    We have all heard that certain sodas can be used to clean our car battery and the inside of a toilet. Imagine what that corrosive liquid is doing to your teeth! In less time than it takes to drink that soda, this damage is happening in your mouth. The staining effect of the soda, the large amount of sugar, and the phosphoric acid in the soda combines to cause this corrosive damage.

    Phosphoric acid is something that we should avoid on general principle that it is bad for us. This is the same chemical that your dentist uses to clean your enamel, or scour it. The strength your dentist uses is not near the equivalent of what is in the soda. However, since it causes erosion, and is more harmful than decay, and it also causes hypersensitivity, it is good to avoid as much as possible. Your dentist knows the appropriate amount to use. You should never think you know better than your dentist, and that even a little bit more won’t be harmful.

    Sugar causes problems by eating the bacteria on your teeth caused by the acid in the soda. Then it creates more acid, which causes tooth decay. Your mouth easily breaks down the sugar in the sodas, which causes the decay to occur more quickly. It is a never ending cycle and one that we struggle with every day.

    The last thing is the staining effect of the soda. This is in addition to the cavities it can cause. Plaque is created by the layers of sugar that soda adds to your teeth. The bacteria in your mouth feeds off this plaque and sugar. This layer of sugar can turn yellow over time, and fortunately it can be treated by your dentist.

    Obviously, if you want to avoid these issues, you should avoid the soda. There are many other drinks you can have instead of soda. Try water, milk, or fresh fruit juices. You will have to avoid high citric acid as well, so the best drink for you is most likely water. Energy drinks and power drinks have just as much sugar, or more, than a soda does. They should be avoided as well, or you are just repeating the cycle of decay.

    If you just have to have that soda, because we all know how hard it is to stop drinking sodas abruptly, use a straw. The use of a straw will prevent direct contact with your teeth. You can also rinse your mouth with water to help reduce the sugar. In addition, and more importantly, you should use toothpaste and mouthwash to remove the sugar and acid. There are some gums that claim to be able to clean your mouth after food and drink. Use these after a discussion with your dentist. He can help you with determining the best plan of care for your teeth.

    If you can keep your soda intake to a minimum, or at least take measures to maintain your dental health, you will be able to avoid tooth decay.


Advanced Dental Concept Google Reviews

Advanced Dental Concepts
Reviewed from Google

4.9 out of 5 stars

Maryanne Lay
Maryanne Lay

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

Just brought my little girl here for a cleaning this morning - and she had a really good experience. This was her first time at this dental office because our previous dentist retired and moved out of state, but they did a great job of making her feel calm and relaxed, giving her a "familiar" vibe, despite being in a totally unfamiliar place.

Robin Lobell
Robin Lobell

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 day ago

Needed a quick lower partial adjustment. Slipped me in so I could enjoy my holiday & be able to eat. Always professional & prompt.

Justin McMullin
Justin McMullin

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

For the past few years I've been debating a tooth restoration treatment from my dentist here, and I finally took the plunge, and they look great! The reason I ended up going for it is, what's not to like? Their services are modestly priced, and the staff is loyal and friendly to their longtime customers (aka me!)

Margaret Boldt
Margaret Boldt

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 weeks ago

This place is wonderful! Everyone is friendly and concerned about patient comfort and well being. I strongly recommend Advanced Dental to anyone in the Hammond area.

Darnell Raines
Darnell Raines

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

My sister in law recommended me the dentists here because she has little kids - like me - who felt nervous about going to the dentist, and said they do a great job here of easing them into the work they do, so that they feel more comfortable and open. Glad I brought them here!