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By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
December 24, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: soda  

If you want a healthy smile find out why you should avoid this sweet treat.

It can be difficult during that mid-afternoon crash to fight the urge to head to the vending machine for a nice cold bottle of soda. While soft drinks may seem to feed your cravings they can wreak havoc on your oral health. From the office of your Newport, sugarCA dentist Dr. Timothy Bui, discover the reasons why you should stay way from soda.

Sugar and Dental Erosion

A can of soda contains about 10 spoons of sugar (yikes!). That’s a lot of sugar! This is enough sugar to spike insulin levels. While we all seem to know how bad sugar is for our overall health it also doesn’t do anything good for our smiles.

Drinking soda causes a major increase in plaque buildup. If plaque isn’t properly brushed away it can quickly turn to tartar, which your toothbrush won’t be able to remove. The only way to get tartar removed is by visiting your general dentist in Newport, CA for a professional cleaning. Both plaque and tartar buildup can lead to cavities and gum disease.

Soda contains phosphoric acid, which can affect the way your body absorbs calcium. This, in turn, can lead to bone softening and tooth decay. Plus, dark sodas can also cause yellowing dental stains that can be challenging to remove with just your everyday toothbrush.

Diet isn’t any Safer

And if you think switching to diet soda will be the smarter choice, think again! Even though they don’t contain sugar they can actually cause the same amount of dental erosion as regular sodas. This is because diet sodas still contain phosphoric acid, citric acid and tartaric acid. By avoiding sodas all together and drinking more water, you can keep your thirst quenched without damaging your smile.

Avoiding soda can be tough but if you want to get a cavity-free report from your dentist in Newport, CA then you’ll want to maintain a healthy diet, practice good oral hygiene and visit us every six months for routine care. If it’s time for your six-month checkup then turn to Timothy T. Bui DDS, Inc. today.