Have you ever seen those videos where someone puts a baby tooth in a glass of soda and watches it decay?

Well, the effect of soda in an actual mouth is a bit different.

You have your saliva to help wash away the sugar, you eat other things throughout the day, and brush at least twice a day to remove debris or plaque.

Nevertheless, soda is not something we recommend you consume more often than a once-in-a-while treat. Here’s why:

Sugar Soda has an extremely high sugar content. The bacteria that cause tooth decay feed off of sugar and excrete acid, which is what causes tooth decay.

The more sugar and acid our teeth have to interact with, the more prone to decay they will be.

Acid Think diet soda is a better alternative? Even though it contains zero sugar, it can still contain acids such as phosphoric acid or citric acid or carbonic acid. Acid eats away at a tooth’s enamel and leaves it prone to decay.

Colors Caramel color, Yellow 5, etc. Any type of artificial coloring can cause tooth-staining. If you prefer your teeth sparkling white, it’s best to stay away from soda.

When you do drink soda, make sure to rinse with water afterwards. And, as always, keep up with regular brushing and flossing to protect those precious teeth!

The office of Mary Peebles Turner, DDS, serves the neighborhoods of Broomfield, Longmont, Louisville, Superior, Westminster and Thornton in the greater Denver area. Please visit us at www.broomfielddentist.com or call us for an appointment at 303-460-9366.