The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in Lincoln reminds Nebraskans to think before you drink. Dr. Kim McFarland is an associate professor and says more people are experiencing sensitive teeth and the likely cause is the consumption of soda pop.
Dr. McFarland says soda contains acids that alter the pH balance in the mouth and that leads to erosion of enamel and cavities. It also causes tooth sensitivity that is triggered by cold or hot drinks or cold air. Reports show that the average American drinks 44 gallons of soda pop each year and it doesn’t matter if it is “diet” or “regular” soda.
Dr. McFarland says once the enamel is gone it is gone for good and about the only thing that can be done to fix it is to crown all the teeth. She says that is an extreme and expensive move.
She says the best way to avoid enamel loss is to not drink soda at all. Otherwise she suggests drinking it only at meal time and brush afterwards. She says chewing sugar free gum can also help.