A question that our team here at Northridge Dental Group in Northridge, California hears a lot is wondering if soda is really as bad for our teeth as it’s made out to be. After all, how can something that tastes so great be so bad for us?
Well, our dentists know it doesn’t quite make sense, but the truth is that soda does have some negative impacts on your teeth. The trick to avoiding those negative impacts, though, is knowing what they are so that you’re more inclined to drink soda in moderation. You’ll find that as long as you balance it out, your oral health won’t take a huge hit.
But we also want to help you understand what soda does to your teeth. This will help you make the decision for yourself on whether or not to grab a drink the next time you’re at the gas station.
Say goodbye to enamel
Enamel is the hard outer layer of your teeth. It’s what protects the dentin – the living bundle of nerves, blood vessels, and tissue inside your teeth. Without enamel, our teeth would basically fall apart.
Soda is so acidic that it actually eats away at your enamel faster than your body can repair it. A soda every now and then won’t kill your oral health, but regularly drinking too much soda will do a lot to make your enamel weak.
By weakening your enamel, you also run the risk of increasing susceptibility to infection. Enamel protects the living part of your tooth, remember? And if it can’t effectively protect all of it, then you’re opening your teeth up to potential infection.
We know soda tastes great, and we all love one every now and then. The key is to not make it a habit, and your teeth will thank you. To learn more, contact us today at 818-886-6100.