If you are the kind of person who loves drinking a soda in the morning, and at lunch, and as an afternoon snack, then you might already be aware of how many calories you are consuming on a daily basis. But what you might not realize is how devastating a soda habit can be for your smile’s health, specifically your teeth’s enamel. Sodas are high in sugar, which can lead to acidic tartar buildup. Left on teeth, it can then created cavities, tooth discomfort, and eventually the need for extensive restorative treatment. So, can you protect your smile by simply cutting back on sodas?
Why Is a Soda Habit So Dangerous?
Studies indicate that people that drink three or more sodas each day are over 60% more likely to suffer from dental decay, like cavities. Cavities generally require dental fillings to address. That said, if left unaddressed, they can lead to painful tooth infections or even the loss of teeth, as well.
Of course, cutting out sodas alone may not be as helpful as you would think. If you swap the soda for a sports or energy drink, sweetened teas or coffees, or even many juices and smoothies, you could still be drinking great deals of sugar, which can still increase your likelihood of developing cavities.
How Can You Protect Your Smile?
Drinking more water, and limiting the sodas and other sweetened beverages, is a great way to protect your smile against cavities and other dental problems, including gum disease. That said, you still need to make sure your dental hygiene is consistent, and that you see the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings, too, in order to keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free.
Interested In Scheduling Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry can help you avoid cavities and other dental problems. Simply make sure to schedule regular preventive checkups and cleanings, which you can do by calling Dr. Steven Huffstutler in Ft. Worth, TX, today, at 817-577-1444.