Before you pop the top on another can of your favorite soft drink, you might want to stop and think about the harm you’re doing to your teeth.
The sugars in soft drinks interact with bacteria in your mouth to form acid, which attacks your teeth. Add that to the acids normally contained in regular and sugar-free sodas, and you’re starting a damaging reaction that lasts for about 20 minutes. If you sip all day, your teeth are under constant attack.
According to the American Dental Association, sugar should make up no more than 10% of your daily calories. For women, that is 10-15 teaspoons. per day. For men, it’s 12.5-18.75 teaspoons. To give you an idea of how much acid and sugar are in some of your favorite drinks, consider the following numbers:
Effects of soft drinks on your teeth
Soft drink consumption leads to two major dental health issues: erosion and cavities.
Reduce damage to your teeth
If you enjoy drinking soda, there are things you can do to reduce the risk of damage to your teeth.
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