Protect Your Teeth From Soda

tooth-ache-cavity_300When you’re craving a soft drink, the last thing you need is a lecture—actually, a lecture may be the second-to-last thing. A dental bill, on the other hand? That’s definitely at the bottom of the list.

According to Anthony Iacopino, a dentist and Winnipeg, Manitoba–based spokesperson for the American Dental Association, “The acid content in soda erodes enamel.” To prevent hurting your teeth, use a straw to limit the liquid’s contact, and be sure to give your mouth a quick rinse with water after you drink.

Another tip: Don’t brush you teeth immediately after consuming acidic drinks (or food, for that matter). The process can, surprisingly, worsen erosion.

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  1. Maureen Beach

    While some critics say beverages are a unique factor in causing tooth decay, the facts state otherwise. Science tells us that individual susceptibility to both dental cavities and tooth erosion varies depending on a person’s behavior, lifestyle, overall diet and genetic make-up. Fortunately, there are many protective factors that can help prevent or minimize erosion, including keeping routine dental appointments and brushing and flossing regularly. – Maureen at American Beverage Association

    October 10, 2013 at 9:53 am

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