Picture this: it’s an extremely hot Ottawa summer day. You’ve been walking in the Byward Market for a few blocks and your mouth has gotten really dry and you need something to quench your thirst. Lo and behold, you encounter a street vendor selling food and beverages. They open up a cooler to reveal a plethora of various soda options. You make your choice, pay and are soon quenched beyond belief…for about two minutes! Sugary beverages never really quench your thirst properly; they only make you thirstier for more sugary drinks.
Sweet beverages (soda in particular) when consumed in large quantities on a regular basis can also cause major issues with your teeth. The amount is not the only thing you should be aware of, but also how you consume these sweet beverages. For instance, if you drink a soda through a straw, every once in a while, the damage you do to your teeth will be minimal. However, if you open up a soda and slowly sip it (without a straw) for a long period of time, the carbonation will wear off and actually create an acidic effect that will do more harm to your teeth.
So, what is the solution? Firstly, make better beverage choices. When you think about the health of your mouth (and body as a whole) before you hastily make a food or beverage choice that may not be the best for you, you’ll be that much closer to having healthier and stronger teeth. Does this mean you should never drink soda or sweet beverages? That is a decision you have to make on your own! Water is always the best option, but always be realistic. Also, moderation is key when trying to balance any diet.
Sugary beverages aren’t going away anytime soon, but when you have the knowledge of their effects on your teeth, you can make better decisions moving forward. If you are concerned about how your beverage consumption is affecting your teeth, make sure to consult with an Ottawa dental professional.