Can soft drinks harm your teeth?



Before you pop open another can of Coca-Cola, you may want to think about what that fizzy drink is doing to your teeth! 

A can of soda pop or an energy drink may feel harmless, but it is far from it. American Dental Association states that sugars should not comprise more than 10% of your daily calories. That means around 12- 15 tablespoons of raw sugars. Now, a typical can of coca-cola or a Redbull contains approximately ten tablespoons of sugar. 

Sugars in these soft drinks and energy drinks provide nutrition to the bacteria present in the mouth. These disease-causing bacteria metabolize these sugars and proliferate to release noxious acidic substances into your oral cavity. These acidic by-products are responsible for dental cavities and gum diseases. 

If you are someone who sips these sugary treats all long, you keep your precious whites under constant attack. However, that's not it; even sugarless or sugar-free soft drinks can wreak havoc on your teeth. These drinks have sugar substitutes in them, which can cause further harm. 

The fundamental nature of a soft drink is acidic, and the added CO2 for fizz also makes matters worse. Soft drinks erode your teeth in the long run; if you or anyone you know continuously sips on soft drinks, you may have noticed that their teeth look worn down. That is because the acid in these drinks slowly wears off the outermost protective layer of the teeth, the enamel. This leads to erosion and subsequent teeth sensitivity. The teeth weaken and are prone to dental decay and breakage even under the slightest pressure. 

Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you take care of sugar intake and curtail the consumption of these soft drinks to the minimum. If any other dental complaint is bugging you, contact us at Wilmington Orthodontic Center, and our team will be there to assist you. 

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