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Sometimes, great health takes a bit of sacrifice. You might want that last piece of cake, but you know how hard you have worked to get the weight off. Is it really worth just one tiny piece of cake?

The same logic applies to your oral health. You work hard to maintain great oral health, keep cavities at bay and prevent gum disease and other infections. So why would you willingly mess it up with something that’s known to damage your teeth?

Today, we’ll look at some of the reasons why you should avoid soda if you want to have really healthy teeth.

Eats away enamel
Tooth enamel is the hard, outer layer of your teeth. Ultimately, it protects the inside of your teeth – including the dentin and pulp, which constitute the living part of your teeth – against infection, decay and death. Without enamel, your teeth do not have enough strength to adequately protect the inside layers or function properly. Soda eats away at enamel because it contains high amounts of different kinds of acids. Your teeth will thank you for avoiding soda so you can have the best enamel possible.

Stained teeth
At Euclid Family Dentistry, one thing that Dr. Michael Gardner often sees is teeth that are stained from coffee. A close second, though, is teeth that are stained from too much soda consumption. Soda stains are incredibly difficult to remove, and you may end up needing to cover them up with dental veneers.

At the end of the day, drinking a soda every now and then won’t break your oral health or smile’s appearance. What you need to do is monitor your intake. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Ontario, California, call us today at 909-983-9639.