Dissolved carbon dioxide is what gives carbonated beverages like soda and cola their pleasant fizz. This makes drinking carbonated beverages enjoyable, but also provides an ideal environment for bacteria to populate. Bacteria feed on the sugars found in these beverages and, combined with the acid content of carbonated drinks, can act swiftly to erode tooth enamel and cause tooth decay. However, tooth decay is not the only problem with carbonated beverages. They can also cause your teeth to become dingy and stained at a much higher rate.
How Carbonated Beverages Stain Teeth
The sugar and high fructose corn syrup common in sodas can cause teeth to appear yellow, brown, or spotted. The coloring added to cola can also stain teeth and, like coffee and tea, caffeine is a large contributor to tooth discoloration.
While limiting your intake of carbonated beverages is a good idea for both your oral and general health, it is still possible to enjoy the occasional soda and still have perfectly white teeth. A teeth whitening procedure from Fairfax, Virginia cosmetic dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban can remove surface stains caused by cola, soda, and other carbonated beverages. By brushing and flossing regularly, and coming to our office for professional cleanings twice a year, you can still consume soda and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.
If you live in or around Burke, Fairfax, or Fairfax Station, Virginia and are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, please contact Dr. Pamela Marzban to schedule a tooth whitening consultation today.