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Are you ever worried about drinking a soda because you understand that they can have a negative impact on your health and your diet? Would you be surprised to learn that sodas can also damage your pearly whites?

While this may not seem like a terrible problem, did you know that Americans drink more soda than they have in the past? You see, the acids in soda can eventually break down your tooth’s enamel. Enamel is the outer layer of your teeth. Once your enamel is gone, you won’t be able to get it back. To make matters worse, if your enamel is gone, you’ll be more vulnerable to gum disease and tooth decay.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to protect your teeth if you drink soda. Brushing and flossing well after you drink soda could help you protect your enamel, but please wait at least 30 minutes before you brush or floss. You see, the acid in enamel will weaken your enamel, and if you brush while your enamel is weakened, you could cause more damage. We also recommend rinsing your teeth out with water after you drink soda. You could also avoid soda altogether. Water, tea, kombucha, and pure juices are all options you can consider.

Do you have more questions about how soda can affect your teeth in Cottonwood, Arizona? Are you hoping to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Bruce Westover? If so, please don’t hesitate to give Dr. Bruce Westover a call at 928-634-5566. We look forward to meeting with you soon.