Tooth Health: Cut out the Carbonation

Soda PopSoda, Coke, Soft Drinks, Energy Drinks—whatever you call them, they’re bad for teeth.

You probably know that soft drinks aren’t good for you. They are high in sugar and provide little nutrition other than some “empty calories.” Even if you enjoy the diet/zero calorie versions, the acid content can be a problem.

That’s because the carbonation that provides the fizz and bubbles also contains carbonic acid, which can raise the ph balance of the mouth and weaken tooth enamel. Additionally, most soft drinks use either citric or phosphoric acids as flavoring agents or preservatives, so soft drinks can be especially hard on teeth.

If you’ve had problems with cavities and tooth decay, one of the best ways to prevent future problems is to stop drinking carbonated soft drinks and other sugary beverages. If you do find yourself having one on occasion, use water afterward to rinse out your mouth and help protect teeth against acidity.

Alternatives to Drinking Soda

  • Drink sugar-free, non-carbonated beverages such as green tea.
  • Looking for energy? Instead of sugary soda or energy drinks, have a healthy snack instead.
  • Drink plenty of water. Becoming thirsty and dehydrated can trigger a soda craving.
  • Give your water a healthy twist by infusing it with fresh fruits, cucumber, etc.
  • Have a glass of milk. It has an almost neutral ph and contains vital nutrients such as calcium.

About Dr. Jayson A. Chalmers

Jayson Chalmers was raised in Placerville, CA and graduated from El Dorado High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley. He went on to receive his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco. After practicing as an associate dentist in Napa, CA, Dr. Chalmers returned to Sacramento to be closer to friends and family. He began practicing in his current location in January 2005.   Knowing that patients want to have the best options and treatment available to them, Dr. Chalmers has completed many hours of advanced educational training in general, implant, orthodontic, and cosmetic dentistry. He continues to learn and incorporate many of the latest dental technologies in his practice. Through the use of intraoral cameras, digital x-rays and computer imaging he can immediately show and explain all treatment options to the patient.   Dr. Chalmers is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Sacramento District Dental Society, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and is involved in local dental study groups. Dr. Chalmers also is an active participant in Smiles for Kids, where free dental services are provided to local children in need.   Dr. Chalmers and his wife, Desirae, are the parents of Ella and Ava. They are an outgoing family and are very involved in the Arden-Arcade community. As a family, they enjoy tending to their chickens and organic garden, splashing around in the pool and traveling to beachside locations. Dr. Chalmers personal interests include camping and fishing and watching and playing most sports.


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