“Healthy” and “soda” are two words rarely found in the same sentence; as are “soda” and “dental health,” at least not in a positive light. We’ve all been told for years that sodas aren’t the best things to consume on a daily basis. Beverages such as soda, and other high sugar drinks, aren’t often considered to be healthy for waistlines or teeth.
Since most sodas contain acids, most notably citric and phosphoric acid, consuming soda on a regular basis can cause dental erosion, as well as enamel loss. In fact, certain brands of colas are extremely acidic, ranking 2.39 when compared to the average acidity of a battery which is 1.0.
Not All Sodas the Same
Although root beer is widely grouped in with other sodas, a recent study printed in the in the March/April 2007 issue of General Dentistry has proven that root beer is unlike the rest. After examination of the make-up and ingredients of root beer, researchers found that this type of soda rarely has any traces of citric or phosphoric acid. This makes root beer healthier for teeth, when compared to typical colas.
Of course, the food and beverages you eat are only part of maintaining a healthy mouth and smile. Drinking a Coke or Sprite occasionally won’t cause a complete disaster in your mouth, but routine cola-consumption along with poor dental hygiene can cause plenty of problems.
Along with a proper diet, to keep your teeth healthy, you need routine professional care. Dr. Dunayer’s office is only a phone call or email away. If you’re looking to schedule routine appointments, can contact us here.