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It’s probably not what you want to hear, but it’s the truth – regular soda consumption is killing your teeth. The sugars and acids in your teeth do a number on your oral health, and the best thing you can to prevent any long-term damage from regular soda consumption is to quit immediately.

Let’s look at a few reasons why Dr. Dr. Neil Charaipotra so strongly recommends you avoid soda as much as possible.

Is it really bad for my teeth?

The short answer to this question is yes. Soda and other soft drinks contain high levels of acids. These acids attack the enamel – the outer layer – of your teeth, making them vulnerable to cavities, infections, and even tooth death.

Regular soda consumption can even lead to gum disease if you’re not vigilant with your oral health routine.

What should I do about it?

To be clear, a soda every now and then isn’t going to ruin all of your teeth and cause them to fall out. Rather, what you should be concerned about is if you drink soda on a regular basis and don’t take care of your oral health properly. Even then, drinking soda every day is still an assault on your oral health.

You should trim your soda intake back to safer levels and increase your oral health regimen if you want to combat its harmful effects on your teeth.

Soda will harm your teeth for the long-term if you don’t take steps to curb – or completely eliminate – your intake. While this may not be pleasant news, it’s worth hearing if it saves your teeth further down the road.