Many kids today are being diagnosed with “Mountain Dew Mouth,” which isn’t the most medically-finessed of terminology, but you get the picture. Drinking soda has been known to rot teeth in a similar fashion to methamphetamines, and kids that drink more than one soda a day are seeing unpleasant consequences.
“Sip All Day, Get Decay”
You may be familiar with this catchy anti-soda slogan, but it’s not an exaggeration. Soda combines with the naturally-occurring bacteria in your mouth to form an acid that deteriorates your teeth. It only takes one sip to begin this process, and drinking soda often will quickly decay sensitive tooth enamel and enable cavities to form. Diet and sugar-free sodas are even worse for your smile because they already contain enamel-deteriorating acids.
Children are Most Vulnerable
Although drinking soda adversely affects an adult’s smile, children are much more vulnerable to the consequences of soda drinking. This is due to the fact that their enamel is not yet fully developed, meaning that deteriorating acids have less of a barrier to eat through, and the affects of soda are much more devastating to their smile than it is to an adult. For this reason, it is important to limit your child’s soda intake, and if possible, eliminate soft-drinks from your child’s diet completely.
There are many consequences to drinking soda, including tooth decay and cavity formation, but the visible consequences include unsightly brown teeth. This can cause emotional stress and self-esteem issues. The smile of a heavy soda drinker has been compared to that of a meth and cocaine addict, both in amount of damage and appearance. If you would like to see the comparison click here, but fair warning, the images are hard to look at.
There is no doubt that drinking soda will affect your child’s overall oral health and appearance. We urge you to eliminate this cavity causing drink from your child’s diet. If you have concerns about the oral health of you or your child, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe in Houston, Texas to set up an appointment with our experienced dentists.