Cold drinks, soft drinks, soda or pop whatever name you call it by, it is the same carbonated drink that everyone swears by. We all seem to be well aware of the potential harm it can do to an individual’s health, but have you thought of the dangers of these drinks on oral health.
These carbonated soft drinks have slowly become one of the major dietary sources of decaying tooth afflicting all age groups.
The acids and acidic sugar byproducts present in the soft drinks act upon the tooth enamel softening it and act as a catalyst for the formation of tooth cavities. In severe case this softened tooth enamel combined with inadequate brushing of the teeth coupled with other teeth conditions can even lead to tooth loss. True that drinks which contain less sugar have relatively lesser trouble associated with them but still can do a lot of harm.
Sugary drinks like soft drinks basically erode the teeth. This happens as result of the action of acids in the drinks on the teeth enamel. Dental enamel is actually the superficial surface of the teeth that protect the teeth from decay and help maintain its shape. Soft drinks have a low pH and consuming any drink with a low pH subsequently makes the mouth environment low in pH and thus vulnerable to teeth decay or erosion.
As mentioned earlier, the acids in the soft drinks soften the enamel of the tooth and salvia typically helps in restoring the natural acidic nature of the mouth. If drinks high in acids are consumed in large amounts, the mouth is unable to restore the natural environment and increases the probabilities of dental erosion. High amounts of phosphoric acids are usually found in these so called soft drinks.
Since all of us are so used to these soft drinks it is unimaginable to give them up, then what can we do reduce its ill effects, lets tell you;
- Reduce the quantity of soft drinks consumed.
- Find and consume substitutes for these soft drinks. You can stock the refrigerated with juices, milk and milk products instead of only keeping it full of soft drinks.
- Rinse your mouth for at least 30 seconds after having a soft drink. This will reduce the effect of acids from sugary drinks on your tooth enamel.
- Fluoride is the key to saving your teeth enamel from erosion. Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste or rinse your mouth with a fluorinated mouthwash.
Soft drinks as you would have well understood by now are really bad for your teeth. The mantra of protecting yourself from their potential harm is to decrease their consumption and practice proper oral hygiene.
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