I think it is pretty widely understood that soda is bad for your teeth, but people may not understand why.
Three Big Reasons Why Sodas are Bad for Your Teeth
- High Sugar Content – Unless you are drinking diet soda, sodas are jam packed with sugars. Sugars are what acid producing bacteria eat to survive and to make acids. The more sugar you give them the more food they’ll have to grow and cause cavities.
- Very Acidic pH – Sodas have very low pH values. Frequent exposures to acidic pH favors the growth of acid producing bacteria and the longer acids are in contact with your teeth the more erosive damage is being done.
- Citric Acid – Sodas have different acids added for flavor and as preservatives, but the one to look out for that a lot of sodas have is citric acid. Citric acid can bind calcium and leach it out of your teeth so it has extremely erosive effects on your teeth even when the pH of the soda isn’t that low.
We are going to talk about ways you can enjoys sodas from time to time without as many negative effects on your teeth, but really the best thing you can do for your dental health is to limit their frequency in your diet.