Excess Soda Harms Teeth

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Although some schools are starting to restrict soda in vending machines, children and teenagers still are consuming large amounts of soda and other sugary drinks. Drinking these beverages can lead to tooth decay because the sugar combines with the bacteria in the mouth to produce acid that can destroy teeth.

Michael Donohoo, DDS, president of the Wisconsin Dental Association, said that the upper teeth usually are the most affected by soda consumption, with a majority of the decay forming between the teeth where it is hard to brush but where liquid has easy access. Dental experts offer the following tips for patients to reduce the risk of tooth decay: