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Autumn 2003
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Carbonation can cause decay

Soda. Pop. Soft drink?

No matter how you say it, the fizzy liquid that may taste yummy on your tongue could harm your smile.

Sugar in soft drinks, fruit juices, and sports drinks can lead to tooth decay. The American Dental Association (ADA) says each time sugar comes in contact with the bacteria in your mouth, acid is produced.The acid can result in cavities.With every sip you take, the acid eats away at your teeth for about 20 minutes.

Think you’re okay with diet soft drinks or carbonated water? Wrong. The ADA says most soft drinks also contain phosphoric and citric acid.The acid can cause tooth erosion.

Dentists suggest you limit your soft drink consumption.Try nutritious foods if you snack. Brush your teeth twice a day. Floss once a day. See your dentist regularly for a check-up.