Did you know that some “simple” bad habits can seriously affect your health? Like drinking Soda Pop! These drinks high in sugar can seriously damage the body, including the teeth. See how sodas can affect your dental health.
Sodas: Real health hazards
It is well known that sugary drinks or sodas provide no nutrients. They are predominantly consisted of sugar and water. The French magazine “60 million consumers” revealed many shocking facts about the composition of these drinks. It is mentioned that sodas contain terpenes, a troublesome hydrocarbon that is responsible for many allergic reactions. Some beverages also contain alcohol, but in low doses. In addition, the main component is none other than sugar. The study found that soda can contain up to six tablespoons of sugar per quart. Moreover, the added sugar is used in the form of high fructose corn syrup. The latter is widely used in processed foods such as ice creams, candies, cookies, etc. When consumed in excess, fructose can lead to insulin resistance and cause diseases like type 2 diabetes or obesity.
How sodas can affect the health of your teeth?
Enamel is the visible part of the tooth; it is the most solid substance in the body. You probably didn’t know, but saliva plays an important role in the enamel protection against cavities. In fact, it helps prevent the accumulation of bacteria, and contains calcium and phosphate that strengthen the tooth enamel. So, how sodas can damage your teeth? It’s simple; these drinks contain citric acid that damages the tooth enamel.
Citric acid is widely used in drinks because it enhances the flavor. Repeated and prolonged exposure to citric acid can result in dissolution of the tooth enamel, this phenomenon is called erosion, which can cause cavities or can destroy the inner layer of the teeth and cause sensitivity and pain.
Furthermore, beverages with high sugar content also promote dental erosion. Indeed, it sticks to the tooth enamel, and bacteria present in the mouth feed of this sugar to produce acids. When the latter is mixed with the citric acid, the process of dental erosion is accelerated.
Therefore, it is advisable to avoid consuming carbonated or sugary drinks like sodas in order to protect your teeth but also your body.
Besides soft drinks, there are many natural beverages made of products which are beneficial for the body, but are nonetheless rich in citric acid like grapefruit, lemon, oranges etc. In this situation, it is advisable to consume the drink with a straw to limit the exposure of your teeth to the acid. Then rinse your mouth with water for 30 seconds and brush your teeth. Really, a German study published in “The Journal of the American Dental Association” has shown that exposure of the teeth to citric acid accelerates dental erosion. If you don’t have a toothbrush at hand, you can consume foods that naturally cleanse the mouth from bacteria such as apple or celery.
References: carefreedental.com, colgate.com