While tasty and enjoyable, the frequent consumption of soda and fruit juices were recently linked to moderate and severe tooth erosion, in an article published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry.
Dental erosion is when enamel, the hard, protective coating of the tooth, is worn away by contact to acids. The erosion of the enamel can result in pain and sensitivity- particularly when consuming hot or cold foods due to the fact that the sensitive dentine area of the tooth exposed.
Interestingly, nearly 80% of adults in the study had some evidence of tooth erosion.
Participants with lower levels of tooth wear drank more milk than soda or fruit juice.
Men were also found to be at twice the risk for dental erosion as women, and tooth wear became more severe with age among the participants.
You can reduce the potential for dental erosion by brushing and flossing following the consumption of soda’s and fruit juice as well as after snacks and meals.