Safer Soda Drinking

by Diane Lofshult on Apr 01, 2007

We all know we shouldn’t drink too much soda. In addition to being chock-full of sugar, most sodas eat away at the protective enamel of our teeth, causing tooth decay. But we also know that many of our clients are hooked on the bubbly stuff. Here are a few pointers to share with clients who are always packing a can of Coke or Pepsi:

  • Always drink soda through a straw; this will reduce contact between the beverage and your teeth, especially if you position the straw toward the back of your mouth.
  • Swallow the drink without letting it linger too long inside your mouth; this will limit the amount of time your teeth are exposed to the sugar in the soda.
  • Don’t brush your teeth right after drinking a soda, as this can damage the enamel, which has already been weakened by the acids found in carbonated beverages.

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Diane Lofshult

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Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach, California. Reach her at