Memorial Day is on its way, and you know what that means. Summer is here. Even though summer officially starts in the middle of June, everyone seems to mark summer as starting with Memorial Day and ending on Labor Day. During your holiday barbecue bash, you’ll probably be serving up lemonade, iced tea, and soda. What does soda do to your teeth? Time to find out before you sip your next cola.
It Affects the Enamel
Without your enamel, your teeth won’t look the same. The enamel protects the pulpy roots that anchor your teeth in your mouth. Too much damage can cause your teeth to fall out. Besides the psychological scarring this can cause, it will also affect your overall wellbeing. That’s why taking care of your teeth is so important. Your saliva helps to keep your enamel clean of any acids or debris that can wear down the layers of hardened enamel. The calcium and phosphorous in the saliva also help your teeth get stronger. That’s part of why it’s so important to have proper calcium intake, even if you need vitamins to boost your calcium levels. Calcium deficiencies can be devastating. Plus, it helps you get rid of plaque and tartar left behind by sugar.
Acids in the Soda
Sugar helps all sodas taste good. It doesn’t matter what the flavor is. However, naturally sweetened drinks are still somewhat better. It’s really sugar and not a chemical substitute that can be even more addictive. Still, the acids in the soda you’re sipping on during the next heatwave is the true enemy. You’ll start noticing more cavities than you did before. When there are more holes in your tooth, the sugar can seep in more easily. Although you might think those diet sodas are the safer choice, they can still mess you up. Bacteria in other foods that you eat can sneak into the roots and accelerate any gum disease you might already be suffering.
Preventing Tooth Erosion
Tooth erosion can cause all sorts of problems since your pearly whites won’t be as attractive anymore. Dents and bends in your teeth will be apparent, as they become increasingly yellow and jagged. All of this can’t be good for your self-confidence, either. Drink your soda through a straw. Chug instead of sip. Once you’re done, chew sugar-free gum.
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