why is soda bad for your teeth

Sports drinks have electrolytes like sodium and potassium to replenish the minerals lost during the high-intensity exercise undertaken by the sportsperson. These drinks tend to rehydrate and accentuate energy level. Very easily available nowadays on the grocery stores as well as in the restaurant, chugging down these tempting drinks can cause serious tooth cavities or damages. The reason behind same is sports drinks have energy-boosting carbohydrates, which mostly come from ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and sucrose.

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Soft drinks have rich content of phosphoric, citric acid and some other form of acids whose consumption ultimately leads to the harming of the hard protective layer of teeth called enamel. This enamel gets eroded over the period of time with regular consumption of these drinks.

Some of the long term effects of soft and sports drink on teeth include:

  • Long usage leads to dental erosion
  • The non-diet soft drinks contain a heavy amount of sugar that increase the risk of developing tooth decay.
  • Diet soft drinks are packed with non- nutritive sweetener instead of sugar which is also enamel eroding.
  • The high citric acid content of the drinks boosts their shelf life and flavor but the prolonged and regular consumption actually is harmful to the enamel of teeth besides posing various other health hazards
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A  study  has proved that “Energy or sports drinks also exhibits dental erosive potential.”

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Other health hazards resulted from drinking soda and sports drinks

  • Too frequent an intake of sports and soft drinks can lead to the bacterial fermentation of sugar in the mouth that can lead to the beginning of the decay of teeth.
  • Drinking soda on regular basis changes the metabolism rate in the human body making it more difficult for them to burn the subcutaneous fat and losing weight.
  • Soda drinking has a positive association with asthmatic problems along with heart issues.

To prevent the negative effects of sugary drinks, the best thing you can do is simply stop drinking these beverages. If you choose to still consume them despite sugary drink negative effects, there are few preventive methods that can slow down the process of erosion of enamel if you are a regular user of soft and sports drinks.

  • Don’t brush right away after drinking sports or soft drink as it tends to soften the enamel of teeth. And brushing straight after drinking can wear away enamel very easily.
  • Keep hydrated. Extra saliva can reduce the amount of sugar and levels of acidity in your mouth.
  • Go with carbonated no sugar added pink lemonade soft drink is a better option as it is composed by mixing 4% lemon fruit, 3% fruit juice and naturally occurring sugar.
  • Drink quickly. Drinking soda slowly can damage teeth more than gulping it down. (source: Prevention)
  • Limit daily amount of drinks. Medical studies have shown that adults who drink three or more sodas a day have up to 62% more decayed, missing, and filled teeth than those who drink less. (source: Prevention)

Conclusion

Frequent Drinkers of soft and sports drink should have a regular dental check-up to get the signs of erosion checked and detected at the early stage.
The chemicophysical analysis of the sports drinks indicates that the drinks with lower pH, lower titratable acidity and a higher concentration of calcium, phosphate, and fluoride are a better option for teeth and oral hygiene. It reduces potential oral erosion.

The consumption of soft and sports drinks is not beneficial and should be reduced or completely eliminated to ensure your teeth stay healthy and decay free.

Author Bio: Ross is a blogger who loves to write about health related topics including intraosseous IV.

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