If you’re like the majority of the American population, you probably enjoy a soft drink on a daily basis. The combination of sugar and caffeine creates the perfect storm to wreak havoc on your overall health, including your teeth.

Most flavors of soda are very acidic which can cause several problems relating to oral health. The acid begins by breaking down tooth enamel which is meant to protect the teeth. Once it has successfully eaten away at the enamel, the acid and sugar will get deeper and eventually create cavities. This concentrated acid from the soda lasts for about 20 minutes following your last sip, so drinking it quickly, and in moderation, will certainly help to limit the damage. 

We know how tough it can be to quit drinking soda, so we’ve compiled some “do’s” and “don’ts” to help you maintain good oral health while still enjoying the occasional bubbly drink. 

 

Do

-Limit your daily soda intake (no more than one 12 oz can per day)

-Drink plenty of water (8 glasses a day)

-Use a straw to help keep the soda away from your teeth

-Rinse your mouth out with water after drinking to help dilute the sugar and acid

-Brush your teeth 30-60min following drinking soda (too soon might cause more damage)

 

Don’t

-Drink soda directly before bedtime

-Sip soda for extended periods of time

-Brush directly following meals, wait at least an hour

 

More Tips

-Chew sugarless gum

-Visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups

-Maintain good oral health (brush & floss daily)

-Limit other sources of sugar intake

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