Orthodontic treatment can positively change your life! Although its success will also depend on how well you take care of your teeth too. This includes good oral hygiene and healthy dietary choices. Many people do not realize that what they eat and drink has a direct effect on their oral health.

One of the most popular drinks, no matter where you go is soda. From sports games to restaurants and parties – it is everywhere! Many people consume soda beverages without realizing the dangers it can cause to your oral health. Did you know that a regular 12-oz can of Coca Cola has 39 grams of sugar, equivalent to 9 1/3 teaspoons!

The sugar from these drinks creates a toxic acid in your mouth. This acid over time will wear down the enamel of your teeth and can lead to cavities. Another shocking fact is “diet” or “sugar-free” drinks still contain acid which can also harm your teeth over time. To avoid tooth decay and cavities, we suggest staying away from all sodas, energy drinks and sports drinks.

Here are some statistics on sugar levels in sodas and sports drinks to remember:

Sprite (600 ml) 61 grams of sugar
Fanta (375 ml) 42 grams of sugar
Gatorade (600 ml) 36 grams of sugar
Powerade (600 ml) 34 grams of sugar

Make healthy decisions and try to drink lots of water as an alternative! Remember these stats the next time you are contemplating a soda. At Windermere Orthodontics, we want your teeth to be healthy and strong – especially after you are done with orthodontic treatment.  Let’s work together to make a beautiful and healthy smile a reality for you!

-Dr. Gorlovsky