As summer temperature rises so will people thirst, unfortunately many people will take a pop or ice tea instead of water.But you may want to think twice before drinking it,no matter how enticing it is.Its not just your favourite fizzy drink but also fruit juices and sports beverages,if the drink is high in acid your teeth are at risk.
Overall soft drinks consumption has steadily increased over years and remains on rise contributing to an increase in oral health prolbems.
Soda consumption has increased from approx.20 gallons per person per year.soft drinks and canned beverages are constantly features of daily life.
Soda"s combination of sugar and acidity can be damaging to teeth.Repeated exposures of soda through sipping over a long period of time inreases the risk of getting a cavity.From the first sip within less than a minute permanent damage can be done to your enamelThe risk are even higher for kids because many adolscents grind their teeth at night and may also have undiagnosed acid reflux which can compound permanent damage.
HOW DO HIGH ACID DRINKS DAMAGE KIDS TEETH:
We naturally have bacteria in our mouth which can harm our teeeth and kids teeth.When it s been hours between brushing the sugar in soda feeds this bacteria which then produce acids which combine with acid present in soda sport drink or juice and
dissolve the outer surface of tooth enamel.
when outer surface is dissolved this exposes a inner layers of tooth that causes sensitivity and pain.These can cause dental caries or infections.
HOW TO REDUCE RISK OF TOOTH ENAMEL DECAY
You dont need to stop drinking all soft drinks but cut back as much as you can.
Practising good oral hygiene and seekking help from your dentist you can largely counteract soda"s effect and enjoybetter dental health.
Drink tap water after soda to dilute sugar in your mouth.
Never give your kids soda or juice as a bedtime drink.
Wait one hour after drinking sugary or acidic drinks before brushing to let enamel reharden.