The average American is inundated with advertisements for sugary soda drinks on television, social media and in magazines. A study by the National Soft Drink Association found that the average soda drinker consumes about 44 gallons of this sugar-sweetenedbeverage every year. Regular soda consumption can lead to a number of health issues, but the one that dentists like Dr. Aimee Vakula-Rollins are concerned about is tooth enamel erosion. Dr. Vakula-Rollins is a general dentist practicing in Davison who frequently treats patients with this problem.
Risks Associated with Drinking Soda Soda is popular, tasty and sweet, but it also can have a very undesirable effect on your general and dental health. Sugar feeds bad bacteria in the mouth. The average can of soda has anywhere from 25 to 40 grams of sugar, and experts suggest that you consume no more than that exact amount of additional sugar each day. Some people drink several cans daily. Additionally, some sodas contain phosphoric and citric acid, which are also potentially damaging to the teeth. Some people drink several cans of soda every day, which exposes the teeth to excessive amounts of sugar and acidic liquids.
Effects on Tooth Enamel Your tooth enamel is relatively strong and resistant to damage, but bad bacteria can break it down over time. When you drink soda and allow the liquid to sit on your teeth without brushing or rinsing, that bad bacteria thrives. Over time this can lead to cavities and tooth decay. This is why it’s important to maintain regular checkups with your general dentist in Davison.
Is It Possible to Reverse Enamel Erosion? What many patients learn, unfortunately too late, is that the enamel erosion from drinking too much sugary soda is often permanent and can’t be reversed. In its early stages, damage can be prevented using cleanings, fluoride treatments and dental sealants. But when it’s too late, the enamel erosion can cause tooth infections, decay and discoloration. It can also cause tooth sensitivities that make it difficult to enjoy common foods like cold ice cream and hot soup.
Seek a Solution at the Dentist’s Office If you’re concerned that you may have exposed your teeth to enamel erosion, call 810-653-4447 today to schedule a checkup with Dr. Aimee Vakula-Rollins. She is a qualified general dentist who can provide you with a dental solution that will strengthen and protect your teeth for a lifetime.