Soda Causes Permanent Tooth Erosion
If your children enjoy guzzling back a few sodas, chances are, their teeth are in trouble!
Even if they drink diet soda, consuming soda on a regular basis eventually leads to loss of tooth enamel. The phosphoric and citric acid found in both diet and regular sodas increase the pH balance in the mouth, which causes tooth erosion.
And the worst part? Losing tooth enamel is irreversible and can affect your children their whole life.
Unfortunately, it seems that the erosion of tooth enamel due to soda consumption is becoming an increasingly common problem among Americans today.
Dentists in the field for over 25 years have noticed an increase in the number of dental patients with erosion of the tooth enamel. According to the National Soft Drink Association, the average American drinks 44 gallons of soda pop a year.
Tooth erosion has several consequences, including:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Teeth are weakened and can chip or crack
- Teeth are no long smooth and shiny
- Teeth are more susceptible to discoloration and staining
- Dents on the surface of the teeth
While we suggest cutting out soda altogether, we understand that it can be difficult to monitor your child’s daily intake. Below are several tips for children who continue to drink soda:
- Limit drinking soda to meals only
- Don’t drink soda throughout the day
- Always brush teeth after drinking soda to minimize damage
- Rinse mouth with water after drinking soda
Prevent Enamel Erosion With Protective Sealants
At our office, we often suggest placing protective sealants to help protect your child’s teeth from tooth decay and loss of enamel.
Children are often most susceptible to tooth decay and loss of enamel. Why? Because their brushing habits are not fully developed or regularly practiced, children often experience build up of bacteria in the mouth. When food particles aren’t properly cleaned out, they convert to acid, which dissolves away the enamel on the tooth.
Sealants work to protect against this erosion by providing a barrier between the tooth and acid and plaque. We usually suggest placing sealants on teeth when they first come in around age 6 to 12.
The procedure is painless and quick. We can paint on a protective sealant on one teeth in just minutes. Sealants can last up to 5 years.
So, if your child is a fan of soda- protect their teeth and their future oral health with our protective sealants. Visit our office or call us today at (217) 355-9997 to schedule your appointment!