There are many substances that are consumed every day that are working against the health of your teeth. Of these, one of the most dangerous and most enjoyed is pop. Pop is pervasive. Walk into any restaurant and take a look around and you are likely to find a good number of people drinking pop with their meal. Unfortunately, pop is very bad for our teeth, and can corrupt and rot our teeth to the point where they will need to be removed. While we have plenty of tooth restoration treatments that can be used to reverse the damage done by pop, you are better off giving the sugary substance up. Today, Dr. Rudy Wassenaar is blogging from his Williams Lake, BC area office to talk about pop and what makes it so bad for your teeth.
Don’t Let Pop Compromise Your Oral Health
There are two main reasons for why pop is so bad for our teeth. The first of these reasons is the fact that pop is full of sugar. Every time you drink pop, this sugar is plastered to your teeth, where it will begin to attract bacteria. Using the sugar present as fuel, this bacteria creates acids which will proceed to eat away at the enamel of your teeth, eventually reaching the sensitive inner layers of the tooth. This is called tooth decay, and, if left alone, it can spread around your mouth, corrupting your teeth and ruining your smile.
The second reason why pop is bad for your teeth is because of the carbonation. In order to carbonate soda, a substance called carbonic acid is used. This acid, much like that produced by the bacteria on your teeth, is able to eat away at the enamel protecting your teeth. In fact, every time you drink pop, your teeth are exposed to a 20 to 30-minute long acid attack. Enough of these attacks can leave your teeth defenseless against bacterial infection.
If you would like to partake in pop but would like to lessen its effects on your teeth, there are some precautions you can take. These include:
- Drink your pop through a straw as this will prevent your teeth from getting a full blast of sugar and carbonation.
- Drink your pop quickly in order to prevent your teeth from receiving a second acid attack from a single can.
- Drink water as soon as you can after your soda. By doing this, you can wash away some of the sugar and carbonation left behind on your teeth.
Call and Schedule a Consultation at Williams Lake Smiles
As you can see, pop can have a drastic effect on your oral health, resulting in the need to have teeth pulled. With these effects, on top of the fact that pop is so bad for your general health, it may be best to consider completely cutting the substance out of your life. If you would like to learn more about the effects pop has on your smile or about the treatments we can use to reverse the damage done by it, contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Rudy Wassenaar.