How to Have Good Teeth and Still Drink Soda

Have you always had bad teeth from drinking too much soda? Most soft drinks have a pH of around 3 - the same pH as acid rain! Their acidity can cause your tooth enamel to be eroded. Drinking through a straw can minimize the chances of tooth decay, if you do it properly.[1]

Steps

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    Take a can of your favorite soda or pop and open the tab.
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    Take a straw and place it inside the drink.
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    Drink the soda from a straw. Make sure the straw goes to the back of your mouth, not the front just behind the lips. If you keep the straw in the front, many of the benefits are lost because your front teeth will be exposed to the drink.
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    Drink some water after drinking the soda. Even if you position the straw in the back of your mouth, your back teeth get exposed to the sugar and acidity of the soda that causes tooth decay. Drinking some water will help rinse that out.

Tips

  • Leave 45 minutes before brushing your teeth after drinking soda. The acid from the drink softens the enamel on your teeth, and brushing too soon will increase the rate at which the enamel is eroded.
  • Don't think that you don't have to brush your teeth, or else you will most likely experience tooth decay anyway!
  • Make sure the soda doesn't touch the front of your teeth.
  • Less damage will be done to your teeth by drinking it from a straw
  • Bicarbonate of soda mixed with either salt, water and lemon or lime juice mixed into a paste will help whiten teeth.

Warnings

  • Do not use bicarbonate of soda on your teeth if you have fixed braces - bicarbonate of soda reacts with orthodontic glue and this will cause the brackets to come off.
  • Your results may vary.

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Categories: Teeth and Mouth