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How to Prevent Tooth Decay When You Drink Lots of Soda

Posted on 4/20/2018 by Office Manager
Soda Spalding Dental AK 99503-2838Despite government warnings and massive education campaign on the bad effects of drinking soda and sweetened beverages, many are still addicted.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, 63% of young people and 49% of adults are consuming sugar sweetened beverages like soda in the U.S. today. Sadly, not many people realize the dental implications of constant soda drinking.

The sugar in the soda provides a pleasant taste, but it damages the teeth. Sugar interacts with the bacteria inside the mouth to form acid. This acid causes the erosion of the tooth enamel, making the teeth susceptible to cavities and decay.

Tips to Lessen the Damage of Soda Drinking

If you are one of the many who enjoys drinking soda regularly, the best way to maintain good dental health would be to stop consuming it. However, if you are not confident that you can kick the habit anytime soon, you can at least observe several practices to lessen the negative dental effects of drinking soda.

One of the things you can do is to minimize your soda intake. If you are used to drinking a bottle every meal, try reducing it to once a day, then to once a week, until you can do without it. Another thing you can do is to use a straw when drinking.

This way, the sugary drink will less likely to linger on your teeth to create acid. You should also rinse your mouth with water after drinking a soda to wash away leftover sugar in your teeth. While you are inclined to brush your teeth immediately, you need to wait for at least half an hour before doing so.

Pay us a visit today so we can check the condition of your teeth and immediately address issues caused by your soda drinking habit. Moreover, we can give you additional tips to help you maintain good oral health and prevent tooth decay.
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