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Why You Need to Avoid Clear Sodas

Posted on 1/27/2017 by Downtown Dental Care Office
A young girl drinking a bottle of clear soda.
Most people know that dark liquids tend to stain your teeth. If you drink a lot of colas, coffee, or red wine, it can leave you with really strong stains on your teeth. Logically, then, most people assume that drinking a clear soda is going to be much safer. This, however, is inaccurate. Clear sodas can be just as dangerous to your teeth, if not more so. Their only saving grace is that they are not going to stain your teeth when you drink them.

How Clear Sodas Can Harm Your Teeth

The main flavor ingredient of clear sodas comes from a derivative of citric acid. This means that not only are you putting a large quantity of sugar into your mouth, but you are also putting a bunch of acid in your mouth, too. This sits on your teeth and erodes the enamel.

Plus, when people drink clear sodas, they tend to drink them relatively slowly over a longer period of time. This means that your teeth are slowly, repeatedly exposed to an acid that can break down the enamel in your mouth.

Normally, after your mouth is exposed to acid, the saliva in your mouth starts to neutralize the acid. After a period of time, the saliva can make it to where the acid levels are low enough to be safe. However, if you slowly sip the drink, that makes for a very difficult task for your saliva. Each time your saliva lowers the acid levels, you then take another sip and the process has to start all over again.

If you drink a lot of clear soda, make sure you visit your dentist regularly. They need to be able to keep an eye on your teeth to ensure that the enamel is not being eroded away by too much soda.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about sodas effects on your oral health.

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