Are you a self-professed soda addict? Do you guzzle sugary (or diet) carbonated beverages all day long? If so, you join an estimated 48% of Americans that admit to drinking soda every single day. Increasing research shows that the sugar in regular sodas might be a big contributing factor to our nation’s obesity challenges. Still other studies hypothesizes that diet sodas with sugar substitutes may be even worse for weight control, because they can trigger cravings for fatty food. If you had to choose between sugar and sugar-free, which type would you guess to be better for your teeth? Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will explain that neither are great choices when it comes to dental health.
Bigger Sodas and More Cavities
There has been an increasing trend over the years in the United States where serving sizes have become larger and larger. Unfortunately, this seems to happen most with more unhealthy foods – giant vats of buttery popcorn at the movies, enormous restaurant hamburgers so large that you can sustain jaw injuries from eating them, and yes, gigantic sodas. When you compare the typical amounts of soda that you could get in the 1950s to today, you would think human beings were an entirely different species. Soda sizes used to average 6.5 ounces per serving, but now you can purchase a 52 ounce soda at the corner mini-mart for a very reasonable price. These disproportionate portions give your teeth constant exposure to acid. This can lead to tooth enamel erosion and potential tooth decay.
Cavities and Carbonation
Soda and other carbonated beverages have proven themselves to be cavity contributors. When acid in soda has eroded your tooth enamel, the bacteria that cause cavities have easy access to rotting your teeth. Eliminating soda from your diet is the best way to avoid the harmful effects of these acidic beverages. Consider switching to water, which is better for your wallet, your body, and your teeth.
Dental Checkups in Farmington Hills
Remember to practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist every six months. Combining healthy eating habits with regular dental appointments and good oral hygiene will be a great way to take care of your teeth and gums. To schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Askari, contact Comfort Dental Spa by calling our Farmington Hills dentist office at (248) 474-6434.