Yes, while you may usually love when someone says, “long story short” because you know it’s going to save you from an otherwise long and meandering explanation about something that may be interesting but that becomes full of too many details … you might not love it so much when we simply state: It is best to avoid soda (if you want to protect your oral health). You may protest! You may beg for more information! You may ask for additional specifics, hoping for a loophole! While we will stand by our statement, of course, our Columbia, TN team will go ahead and fill you in on why we would say such a thing and why it is always true!
Most Soda Is Full Of Sugar
Let’s just begin at the beginning to focus on what you assume the main problem is when it comes to consuming soda. You assume that the fact that most soda is full of sugar is the biggest concern. Of course, it’s true that when you drink up a beverage that coats your smile and that is full of sugar, it’s not doing anything good for your oral health. Instead, it’s doing bad things. It is softening your enamel and will lead, eventually, unless you’re extremely careful, to cavity formation. So, yes, sugary soda is bad.
Aha: What About Diet?
This is why you asked for the longer version of the “soda is bad” story. You are certain that if you drink diet, it must be safe for your oral health! While we would love to say that you are correct, unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, this will only prove that soda with sugar in it is doubly bad. Here’s the breakdown: All soda is acidic in nature. Very acidic, in fact. As a result, it’s going to weaken your enamel, which can lead to dental damage and decay over time. Not to mention, it will also encourage discoloration (eroded enamel is more stain prone and, when very thin, looks yellow due to dentin showing through). So, yes, it is even best for the health of your smile to avoid diet soda! Have questions? Feel free to ask during your next appointment!
Enjoy Optimal Oral Health By Asking For Nutrition Facts
When you are not certain about particular beverages or foods and their effects on your teeth, it is always best to ask during visits. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.