The effect of soda, coke, and pop on teeth has become a concern for pediatric dentists across the country. If your child would like to drink any of these drinks, there is no appropriate age for them to do so. In fact, we recommend you discourage these types of beverages and promote water, iced tea, and other drinks with limited to no sugar.
Most soft drinks are loaded with high fructose corn syrup. Believe it or not, this is equal to about 10 teaspoons of sugar per 12 oz. can. When children drink soft drinks, this sugar creates an acid in the mouth, which then weakens the enamel and hinders the teeth. Unfortunately, the acid can linger for up to 20 minutes. Excessive soda, coke, or pop consumption can lead to tooth decay and cavities.
It is important to understand that younger children with enamel that has not fully developed are particularly at risk for enamel erosion and cavities resulting from too much soda drinking. Also, soft drinks can stain the teeth of children and teens.
If possible, try to encourage your child to limit their consumption of soda, coke, or pop to 12 oz a day. When they do drink these beverages, they should use a straw to reduce their contact with the teeth. In addition, they should brush their teeth twice a day, floss daily, and visit our office for routine exams and cleanings.
Contact Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
If you’re concerned about your child’s teeth and how soda may impact them, call us at 703-348-2813 to reach our Ashburn, VA office. We’d be happy to perform and exam and let you know whether you should be concerned.