There is no getting around it: Drinking soda is not good for you.
Consuming soft drinks provides you with no nutritional value, yet Americans continue to drink soda at an almost alarming rate. Of course it’s tasty — it’s full of sugar, why wouldn’t it be? But soft drinks are terrible for your teeth and your whole-body wellness, even when you only drink it infrequently.
How Much Soda Do You Drink?
Drinking soda is the norm in American culture. At some point between the 1950s and modern times, American children began drinking soda more often than milk.
And it isn’t only kids and teenagers who are drinking soda more often and in greater quantities.
Of adults surveyed in 18 states by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 17 percent drank at least one soda every day. Out of adults between the ages of 18 and 34, 1 out of every 4 drank one or more sodas per day.
How Do Soft Drinks Hurt Your Teeth?
Soda harms your oral health in two main ways. First, when you drink a high-sugar beverage like soda, the sugar interacts with your oral bacteria and creates acid that eats away at your tooth enamel.
Second, soda already contains acid. Your teeth are subjected to a double helping of acids that only serve to weaken the enamel and make them more susceptible to cavities.
Additional Health Problems You Can Expect
Drinking soda multiple times per day will automatically translate to other health issues. Soda contains phosphoric acid, which inhibits calcium absorption. You might not notice it now, but you are more likely to develop osteoporosis later on.
One of the main problems with drinking soda is that it has so many calories but does not contain any redeeming nutrients. Since these calories come in the form of sugar, the drink promotes an insulin rush, which results in an increased feeling of hunger soon after consumption.
This can lead to overeating and obesity, due to the extra calories you’re drinking and the snacking that usually accompanies a soft drink.
What Should You Do?
If you’re worried about how much soda you’re drinking, the first step you should take is to dramatically reduce your consumption. Water is the absolute best liquid you can consume — shoot for eight glasses per day.
If you do have a soft drink, sip it with a straw so it doesn’t make as much contact with your teeth. Don’t drink it over a long period of time. The faster you drink it, the better, so your teeth aren’t constantly being coated in acid and sugar.
After you’re done, rinse your mouth with water. Don’t brush your teeth for at least 30 minutes to an hour, otherwise you could damage the enamel even more.
Taking care of your teeth is vital to your happiness and your health. Make an appointment at Oak Hills Dentistry and see why so many patients call the practice home. You’ll learn how to alter your daily habits, such as drinking soda, in order to preserve your teeth for years to come.