Hello, This is Dr Ralph Parkin, Colorado Springs dentist and I am here to tell you that what you may think is a harmless addiction can really mess up your mouth. Just what am I talking about? Here are the facts! Drinking large quantities of your favorite carbonated soda can cause as much damage to your teeth as methamphetamine and crack cocaine use.
Shocked? The consumption of the above mentioned illegal drugs and heavy use of sodas and sports drinks cause similar damage to your mouth by eroding the enamel, that glass like protective outer covering of the tooth. The research of Dr. Bassiouny that was reported in the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry stated that those who abused sodas drank large quantities of soda, 2 liters a day, for several years, had mouths that resembled the horrific damage seen in meth and cocaine abusers.The culprit is all the acids found in the soda, so diet sodas don’t help either, don’t be fooled.In earlier studies it was demonstrated that root beer was the least damaging to the teeth and the damage got progressively worse with colas, lemon lime and mountain dew type sodas.
So you say you don’t drink 2 liters of soda a day; do you sip on a soda throughout the day? Your teeth don’t know if you swallowed a liter or just left it in your mouth long enough to have it seem like a liter or two.
A word to the wise: minimize your intake of sodas and start drinking more water. I know that is not exciting for those who are addicted to soda consumption. Helpful hints would be to rinse your mouth with water after consuming a soda. Use xylitol gum to help reduce the acid level caused by the soda and to help re-mineralize the enamel.
This is Dr. Parkin, your trusted adviser and local Colorado Springs dentist, hoping this information helps you keep your mouth healthy. Call Monique today and ask her to schedule your new patient evaluation. Tell her you heard that there is a special new patient offer. Call Today 719-576-1730