Are you one of the 48% of Americans who drinks soft drinks daily? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, many people enjoy an average of 2.6 soft drinks daily. However, what you may not know is that drinking soft drinks can be harmful to your oral health. The sugar and acids in these drinks can damage your teeth, leading to cavities and other dental problems. In this blog post, we will talk about the consequences of soft drinks on oral health and provide tips for reducing the risks that come with drinking them.
Soft Drinks and Your Oral Health
Most people are aware that sugary drinks can damage their teeth. After all, it’s the sugar in these drinks that feeds harmful bacteria and leads to cavities. However, what many people don’t realize is that even sugar-free soft drinks can be harmful to their teeth. This is because these drinks contain tartaric, phosphoric, or citric acids that can wear away at the enamel on your teeth. Over time, this can lead to tooth decay and other dental problems, like tooth sensitivity.
Tips for Safe Drinking
So what can you do to reduce the risks that come with drinking soft drinks? Here are a few tips:
The best thing you could do for your oral health is cut out soft drinks entirely. However, this is just not a realistic expectation for many people. Therefore, the next best thing you can do is to limit the amount of soft drinks you consume on a daily basis. Cutting down on the total number of soft drinks and replacing them with water or milk is a good way to minimize the damage being done to your teeth.
If you do choose to drink a soft drink, it is important to drink it quickly. This doesn’t mean that you need to gulp it down, but you should also not linger so that it takes hours to finish. This is because the longer your teeth are exposed to the sugar and acids in the drink, the greater the chance of damage. Therefore, try to consume soft drinks as quickly as possible to minimize the damage.
Use a Straw
Another way to reduce the amount of damage being done to your teeth is to use a straw. This will help to keep the sugary drink away from your teeth and reduce the amount of exposure they have to it.
Rinse with Water
After you finish drinking a soft drink, it is important to rinse your mouth out with water. This will help to remove any residual sugar or acid that may be on your teeth and reduce the chance of damage.
Visit Your Dentist
Finally, one of the best things you can do for your oral health is to visit your dentist regularly. They will be able to spot any early signs of damage and help you to take steps to prevent it from getting worse.
In this blog, we have discussed the effects of soft drinks on oral health. We have also provided some tips for reducing the risks associated with drinking them. Remember, the best thing you can do for your teeth is to limit your consumption of soft drinks and visit your dentist regularly.
Dr. Gerald Sisko graduated from Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1987. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association, and the Akron Dental Society where he is currently holding a council position. He has had the honor and distinction of being awarded “TOP DENTIST” in Akron and Cleveland as well as Northeast Ohio for the last several consecutive years.