Do you love an iced cold soda in the afternoon, as a pick-me-up? How about when you wake up in the morning, with dinner, and possibly even as a dessert? While you probably already know that the added sugar in colas could be bad for your waistline and overall health, have you ever considered what that soda habit could be doing to your dental health? Soda is one of the most dangerous drinks you can consume, from an oral health perspective. Perhaps understanding why could help you kick that habit, once and for all.
The Acidity is Bad for Your Enamel.
Did you know that the teeth are comprised of many minerals. The outer layer, the enamel, is even the strongest substance in the human body. That said, the enamel is still porous and therefore susceptible to acidic erosion, caused by the foods and drinks you enjoy, particularly those that you consume on a regular or even daily basis.
Sodas are dangerous because they are both high in acidity and also in sugar, which is another threat to oral health.
The Sugar Can Be Bad for Your Smile (and Your Waistline).
Sugar is dangerous to dental health, because the plaque bacteria that exist in the mouth, feed on sugars. Therefore, the more sugar you are consuming, regularly, the more likely you are to struggle with dental problems, including cavities, which might require dental fillings.
While most things are fine in moderation, including sugar, for many people, soda and other sugary beverages become a daily habit that, over time, can cause serious damage to one’s teeth enamel.
Drinking Water Has a Lot of Benefits.
Finally, another compelling reason to either ditch soda altogether, or simply to commit to drinking less of them this year, is because every time you opt for water, instead of soda, you are giving your body something it really needs.
Not only does water help the whole body to function properly, it also helps you produce saliva, which is a natural defense against tartar buildup.
Call Dr. Mischenko’s Dental Office in Mt. Prospect, IL, Today!
At the office of Elizabeth Mischenko, DDS, we believe that every patient deserves our complete and undivided attention every time they visit us. To us, customized dental care is about more than the treatment you receive, it also includes the time we take to get to know you personally. Your smile is unique, as are your dental health concerns, and we’ll strive to create a long-term dental care plan that’s tailored to your needs and goals. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Elizabeth Mischenko, call our dental office in Mount Prospect, IL, today at 847-795-0270. We have flexible office hours, including evenings, and we always have someone available to answer the phone!
A healthy smile can mean improved overall health as well. We understand how your oral health connects to the rest of you, and strive to offer a variety of dental treatments. Working with our team, Dr. Mischenko can help you enjoy a more beautiful and healthy smile. Whether you need preventive, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry, we can offer a conservative and personalized approach to dental care.