How Soda Kills Teeth

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Sure, the headline is a bit macabre, but it’s sadly true. One of the most popular drinks in the world is incredibly bad for your teeth. Even though soda is a tasty treat for many people, too much of it can damage or even kill your teeth.

Understanding how soda can impact the health of your teeth is a great way to make the choice for yourself as to how much soda you will actually drink. Better yet, maybe even completely eliminate soda from your diet. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. First, it’s important to educate yourself on why you’d want to avoid soda in the first place.

Eats away enamel
Tooth enamel is the hard, outer layer of your teeth. It protects the inner layers of your teeth – including the dentin and pulp, which constitute the living part of your teeth – against issues such as infection, decay and death. Without enamel, your teeth aren’t strong enough to do the work they need to. Because soda has high amounts of acid, it eats away at your tooth enamel. Your teeth will thank you for avoiding soda so you can have the best enamel possible.

Stained teeth
One thing that Dr. Damien Garcia sees often is teeth that are stained with coffee. A close second, though, is teeth that are stained from drinking too much soda. Dental stains caused by soda are incredibly difficult to remove, and you may end up needing dental veneers to help improve the appearance of your teeth.

At the end of the day, a soda every now and then won’t break your oral health or damage your smile’s appearance. That being said, it is important that you monitor your soda intake to make sure it is either nonexistent or rare. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with our dentist in McAllen, Texas, call Oasis Family Dental today at 956-661-1000.