What does drinking soda or soft drinks do to oral health in women?

If you regularly consume soft drinks, you are increasing your risk of developing tooth decay. That’s because regular soft drinks contain sugar. Teeth are covered with plaque, a sticky film containing bacteria. The bacteria convert sugar into harmful acids that attack tooth enamel. Repeated attacks can cause the tooth’s surface to break down, resulting in cavities.

Be mindful of the effects of frequent consumption of sugary beverages. Always remember to brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day and schedule regular dental check-ups.

Drinking soda increases the risk of dental caries (tooth decay) in young women and has also been linked to obesity. An increase in body fat has also been linked with periodontal disease in young women. The more young women consume soft drinks instead of milk or healthier drinks, the greater their risk for poor oral health. Milk, fruit juices, and water are probably much better choices for young women.

Soda consumption greatly increases tooth decay, especially between the teeth and along the gum line, where the soda pools. The soda provides carbohydrates for oral bacteria to metabolize, which results in acid by-products from those bacteria. These acids break down tooth structure. Even artificial sweeteners can be metabolized (except xylitol) by these bacteria, so diet sodas don't help. The acids in the soda itself also attack tooth structure.

If you do drink soda, remember not to brush too soon afterward--the outer surface of the teeth has been softened by the caustic effects of the soda, and must harden/re-mineralize. Rinse instead with water containing fluoride (not normally found in bottled water), and wait 1-2 hours before brushing.

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