Parental Responsibility: Avoid Soda
A significant portion of people drink one sugar-sweetened beverage roughly once per day, and about 25% of people consume numerous sugar-sweetened beverages (SODAS) daily. In addition to being a major cause of obesity and other health issues, excessive sugar also negatively affects teeth, especially in drinks that are also high in acidity. These decisions are made by our children and result in issues later in life as well as cavities that develop very quickly in the absence of regular dental care.
The layer on teeth called dental enamel serves to shield the dentin, which is the interior of the tooth. Our naturally occurring acids can cause it to wear down and degrade. Acidic beverages including energy drinks, sodas, and some fruit juices feed oral bacteria, which in turn make even more acid, thanks to the sugars they contain. Regular and diet soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit-flavored beverages, and juices are some of the worst offenders. Drinkers of soda and energy drinks have an increased risk of infection, decalcification (white spots/brown spots), tooth decay, sensitivity, and erosion of the enamel.
The calcium and other minerals in saliva help the body remineralize the enamel on a daily basis, but excessive acidity might hinder the saliva from accomplishing its function.
What kind of sugar content are the drinks your kids are drinking?
Water contains no sugar.
21 grams of sugar are in a sports drink.
27 grams of sugar are in energy drinks.
Soda contains 49 grams of sugar.
We sugest substituting healthier beverage options. These may consist of:
Early decisions create habits that we frequently continue to do as adults. Huge health advantages would result from a love of drinking water, thorough brushing and flossing, and avoiding too much sugar. Enjoy yourself while maintaining a healthy diet and engaging in regular exercise. Give us a call to schedule an appointment!