Sweet carbonated drinks are very often consumed by children and young people. And adults sometimes like to remember childhood and treat themselves to sweet soda. However, scientists have long proven the harmful effects of such drinks on the human body. And any practicing dentist will confirm that sugary soda damages not only the digestive organs and gastrointestinal tract, but also the teeth. How does sweet soda affect your teeth?
Harmful additives in carbonated drinks
Lemon acid. The additive most commonly added to sugary carbonated drinks is citric acid. It saturates the taste of the drink and also gives it freshness. The acid softens the tooth enamel. This is especially true in people with tooth sensitivity.
The influence of sugar. Speaking of sugary carbonated drinks, it is impossible not to mention the presence of sugar in their composition. It is indirectly related to the teeth themselves. But sugar is a very good breeding ground for the reproduction of microorganisms, during which a certain amount of lactic acid is released. But already it contributes to the destruction of tooth enamel.
Harmful to phosphoric acid and caffeine. Everyone knows the famous Coca-Cola very well. Phosphoric acid is an integral part of it. It does great harm by eroding tooth enamel. In addition, the acid, entering the human body, promotes the accelerated excretion of calcium by the process of urination. But this mineral is very important for strengthening dental tissue.
Another common ingredient in cola is caffeine. Its consumption along with soda, as well as phosphoric acid, promotes the elimination of calcium from the body.
Carbon dioxide. Carbonated sweet soda is not soda. Carbon dioxide, combining with water, turns into acid, which leads to a violation of the acid-base balance in the oral cavity. In order to balance the content of substances, calcium consumption is required, and this, as already found out, adversely affects the health of the teeth.
How can you reduce the negative effects of soda?
- After drinking a soft drink, rinse your mouth with water to rinse off any remaining beverage.
- Use fluoride toothpastes and mouthwashes. Fluorides reduce the intensity of the carious process and strengthen the tooth enamel.
- Try to drink soda through a straw.
- Only consume them with food.
- Never drink them on an empty stomach.
- After drinking a carbonated drink, do not rush to brush your teeth right away, otherwise you will harm them even more. In such cases, the toothbrush only helps the acid to destroy the tooth enamel and penetrate it more strongly.
Take care of your teeth!