The Effects of Soft Drinks on Your Teeth

Soda? Pop? A familiar Southern name brand? No matter what you call them, these sugary carbonated drinks can cause serious problems for your pearly whites. Soft drinks have become one of the most significant sources of sugar in the average American’s diet, with the average American consuming nearly 45 gallons of soda each year. (Yes, gallons. Talk about a reason to add “drink less soda” to your new year’s resolutions!)

Who’s Drinking it? 

While Americans’ soda consumption has increased significantly across all demographics and age groups, children and teenagers have seen the highest rise. The estimates vary, with the most severe estimating that some teenagers drink as many as 12 soft drinks a day. Combined that fact with the overwhelming evidence that children don’t always brush and floss when they should, and it makes sense that tooth decay is now the number one threat to kids’ health.

What To Do About It

It sounds easy to say, “just cut out soft drinks,” but for some folks, it’s easier said than done. Try some smaller steps to get you to you goal, like these:

  • Substitute different drinks. When making a grocery store run, opt for healthier juices with less sugar, milk and water. Keeping sodas out of your fridge and off your dinner table is the first step!
  • Rinse with water – After consuming a soft drink, rinse your mouth with water to wash away the traces of sugar that can prolong exposure of acids to your enamel.
  • Sip your soda through a straw to limit the amount of time the beverage is in contact with your teeth.
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse to reduce cavities and strengthen your enamel.
  • Get professionally applied fluoride treatments from your Cumming, GA dentist.

Taking these small steps can help you reduce your soda intake, or better yet, help you avoid drinking soda altogether! Combined with visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings, your teeth and gums will thank you! And if you’re overdue for a cleaning, don’t hesitate to contact Jordan Dentistry to set up your next appointment.

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