Some dentists might say that in an ideal world, nobody would drink soda pop. In my view, in an ideal world, everyone would drink soda pop — it just wouldn’t hurt your teeth!
Of course, we don’t live in that ideal world and it’s important to know that soda pop does pose a serious threat to your teeth (read this article for more information.)
With that said, if you are going to drink soda pop, here’s four tips you can use to minimize the damage that it does to your teeth.
4 Tips You Can Use to Drink Soda Pop and Keep Your Teeth Happy
1 – Drink soda pop through a straw. By drinking the soda pop through a straw, you will minimize the soda pop’s contact with your teeth and quickly whisk it away down your throat.
2 – Drink soda pop during meals. If you drink the soda pop while you eat a meal, you will be able to wash away the sugar from the soda more quickly. For example, if you drink some pop and then eat some salad, you will get rid of a lot of the sugar in your mouth when you swallow the salad. The goal is to not let the sugar hang out in your mouth for too long.
3 – Don’t sip the soda pop slowly, drink it all at once. Every time you eat or drink sugar, the bacteria in your mouth produce acid waste that dissolves your teeth. It takes a good 15 to 30 minutes for your saliva to neutralize the acid and start repairing your teeth.
If you sip on soda pop all day, you might never give your saliva a chance to repair your teeth and could eventually start a cavity.
For more information and to view a graph of this process, read What Happens In Your Mouth Every Time You Eat or Drink.
4 – Rinse out with water rather than brushing after you drink soda pop. After you drink soda, you can get rid of a lot of the sugar in your mouth simply by rinsing out with water. Some oral health experts have warned against brushing after drinking acidic drinks because the abrasive action of brushing can damage the tooth enamel before the saliva has a chance to repair it.
Like all foods that aren’t the greatest for us, soda pop shouldn’t be consumed excessively.
The reason soda pop is so bad for your teeth is because it is acidic and sugary. By quickly drinking your soda pop and minimizing the amount of time that the sugar spends with your teeth, you’ll be doing your teeth a big favor.
Do you have any questions, comments, or any other suggestions to add about soda pop and oral health? Please leave a comment below! Thanks for reading!