Harmful Effects of Soda on Teeth


One of the primary ingredients in soda is sugar. The other attraction to soda is carbonation. These two components can result in dental decay, teeth stains, and enamel erosion. Keeping regular and consistent visits to your dental office, coupled with daily brushing and flossing are helpful; however, the best way to control these negative problems to your oral health is to limit or discontinue drinking soda.

When you drink soda (or pop), the sugars cling to the bacteria already living on your teeth. With each soda consumed, bacteria grow and the potential for decay expands.

This bacteria growth can mean cavities, sensitivity, and may lead to gum disease. With gum disease, the potential for tooth loss exists. If you start experiencing discomfort or sensitivity, see your dentist as soon as possible for a diagnosis and treatment.

The sugars in soda change to acid which can escalate enamel erosion. The caffeine in soda can have a negative effect on the calcium in bones. Our jaws contain bone with the primary responsibility of holding our teeth in place. In addition to the calcium in bones, our teeth also contain calcium putting teeth in jeopardy with excessive caffeine consumption as well.

Soda has the potential to stain teeth. One way to prevent staining is to consume cold beverages through a straw. This allows the liquid to bypass the teeth. Never swish … swallow as quickly as you can.

After consuming soda, brush your teeth. One word of caution, if citrus is consumed, delay brushing for at least one hour as dental enamel is softened when citrus is exposed to teeth. Brushing softened enamel can contribute to premature erosion and enamel damage.

Understanding the negative impact of soda consumption may decrease its appeal. But in the event that you are going to continue to drink soda pop, floss daily and brush at least twice each day with a fluoridated tooth paste or gel.

Visit our dental office every six months for a thorough cleaning and dental exam. Follow instructions and recommendations including fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and any other preventive measures your dental provider may suggest.