Most kids prefer the exciting and unique flavors that they can get from carbonated drinks over just plain water. After all, there’s nothing like a little fizz to quench their thirst. However, any St. Lucie County dentist will tell you that drinking carbonated drinks on a daily basis can cause some serious dental issues. To make sure that your little ones will enjoy great oral health, check out these facts:
Did you know that each time your child drinks soda, sugar coats all of their teeth and gums? Since sugar is presented in liquid form, it can cover the nooks and crannies of your little one’s teeth and gum line, which make it easy for bacteria to build up and potential cavities to develop. Furthermore, since carbonation reduces the pH levels of the soda, the acids will have greater chances to attack their teeth’s enamel.
If you think that seltzer water is the healthier option for your fizz-loving child, think again. It doesn’t matter if it’s bubbly water, sparkling water or seltzer water – these drinks have CO2 that subjects your child’s teeth to acids that are notorious for breaking down the enamel. Moreover, seltzer water also contains citric acid which is used to add flavors to it. Unfortunately, citric acid has the inherent ability to reduce the water’s pH levels. This can have a negative impact on your child’s oral health.
To help you protect and maintain your child’s good oral health the St Lucie County dentist will advise them to avoid brushing their teeth after consuming carbonated drinks. The acids that are present in these beverages can soften their teeth’s enamel. If they brush their soft teeth right after they drink soda or seltzer water, they will cause more damage to their choppers. If you need more information about oral health, contact Smooth Sailing Dental to schedule a consultation.