Why Does Soda Stain Teeth?

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Many foods can have harmful effects on the overall health and appearance of your teeth. If you consume too much of these harmful foods and drinks, they can stain your teeth and damage your teeth, making your smile dull and less healthy. One of the worst beverages for your teeth is soda. Soda is harmful to your teeth in a few ways including:

  • Large amounts of sugar cling to the teeth, where oral bacteria feast upon it. The bacteria produce an acidic byproduct in the process. This acidic substance breaks down the enamel on your teeth, leading to cavities.
  • Phosphoric acid that is present in most sodas is harmful to the enamel of teeth and causes erosion. This erosion can cause other problems such as sensitivity to hot or cold foods.
  • The dye in soda can cause staining to your teeth, causing them to turn yellow or possibly brown in some cases. The acidic quality of soda leaves teeth even more vulnerable to stains.

Due to the high amounts of sugar, acid and dyes found in soda, it is a particularly bad beverage for tooth staining and can cause extreme tooth discoloration if soda is consumed regularly.

If your teeth are discolored due to soda consumption, there are teeth whitening options that might be able to help you get the smile that you want and get rid of unwanted stains.

If you or a loved one have teeth staining and want to find out more about teeth whitening options that can give you a bright beautiful smile, please contact Softouch Dental Care today at 703-319-6990 for a consultation with experienced Vienna teeth whitening dentist Dr. Michael Chung. Our experienced dentist can help determine the right teeth whitening treatment for you to give you the beautiful, bright smile that you desire.