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Soft Drinks and Your Dental Health

Glasses of sodaAfter a long day of work or school, it can be tempting to come home and pop open a can of your favorite soda. However, drinking sugary, acidic soft drinks have been linked to an increase in tooth decay and dental cavities. The carbonation and acids in soda weaken the tooth enamel, causing it to become weak and more vulnerable to cavities.

Tricks for Quitting Soda

If you’re unable to kick the soda habit, but want to reduce the risk of developing dental problems, try the following tips:

  • Use a straw to prevent the sugar, carbonation, and acids from coming into contact with the teeth.
  • Avoid drinking soda drinks right before bed.
  • Brush your teeth after drinking soft drinks or other sugary beverages or at least rinse your mouth out with water.
  • Drink soda in moderation. If you can’t quit, at least try to cut down!
  • Lastly, make sure you receive regular dental checkups and cleanings

Soft drinks are not good for your oral or overall health. If you’re concerned about the amount of soda your family consumes, or to make an appointment with Dr. Balota, please contact Balota Family Dentistry. Our general dentist is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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