Friday, 2 June 2017

How bad is soda?

Now, you have probably heard time and time again from your Roseburg dentist that soda is terrible for your teeth. You’ve probably heard this a lot more than you care to admit, and you might wonder just how bad it is. Maybe you think if you drink it a little bit, or have diet soda, it’s better. However, it’s important to understand what soda does to your teeth, and why you might not want to have this as much as you expect.

The first thing, is to understand the anatomy of soda. It is typically carbonated water, some sweetener, a flavoring that is natural or artificial, and some coloring as well if it’s a soda that is a strange color. Now, from a dentist’s mindset, the biggest problem is really the sweetener and the water. Typically, the sweetener is either sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or aspartame or sugar substitute. The carbonated water creates the bubbly taste. It’s dissolved carbonic acid, and often, this contains other acids as well, which means soda is super acidic to drink.

Now, here is why it’s bad for your teeth. The sugar and the acids are what cause this. These aren’t good, and when combined together it creates a destructive onslaught against your teeth. In your mouth, the bacteria in there feed on sugar, creating acids. Too much acids will create damage to the enamel, which will leave them vulnerable to not only decay, but cavities as well. It’s not good for your teeth. Often, in the dental community, people refer to “mountain dew mouth” in the same way they refer to “meth mouth.” In essence, the damage from sodas can almost be in the same vein as damage from drug abuse, which produces decay on the teeth.

Now, what about diet sodas. People think diet sodas are better than normal sodas, and in some cases, they might think that because there is no sugar, it won’t be bad for you. But these are terribly acidic, especially with aspartame in this, and it can completely destroy the enamel of your teeth and the overall health of your teeth as well. Simply put, it’s not a good alternative for yourself as well, since it does destroy the teeth as well. Now you should also make sure that you don’t think fruit juices are not a culprit, for they are. Fruit juices are often acidic and contain a lot of sugar, so you should try to avoid them. Even some apple juice tends to have as much sugar as a coke, and that isn’t fun.

Now, this isn’t just for your teeth at this point. Sure, your teeth and body are connected in a sense, and while having a good mouth is also a very important thing, soda causes other problems as well. If you don’t take care of your teeth and drink sugary drinks, it can actually cause heart disease in some people. Not only that, the gums and other tissues will get affected, which puts a strain not only on the body, but the immune system as well. Gum disease is a bacterial infection, and if you are drinking this stuff, you should consider the wearing down and the infections that are there, and start to get rid of it. If you are a soda drinker, it’s best to kick the habit as best as you can, and as fast as possible.

Soda is very bad for your health, since it can link itself to diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and other conditions that aren’t fun, but it can also ruin your teeth as well. Sodas are glorified by many, but they are often a silent problem that people don’t realize until it’s too late. It’s time to take control of your oral health, and see your Roseburg dentist for some help with treating any conditions today. You should also try to stop drinking sodas as much as you can, replacing them with water and green tea. This will create a wealth of a difference in your overall oral health, and in your bodily health as well, that I’m sure of, and you’ll notice the difference in the results right away.