Soda Should Be Avoided
About a quarter of the population consumes numerous sugar-sweetened beverages per day, while a sizable portion consumes only one beverage per day. Excess sugar is a major cause of obesity and other health problems, but some drinks are also high in acidity, which, when paired with the sugar, makes them extremely damaging to teeth. These decisions become our children’s choices, resulting in problems later in life, as well as cavities if correct dental care is not provided.
How does soda affect your teeth?
The layer that covers the tooth’s inner components (dentin) is known as dental enamel. Because of our naturally occurring acids, it can become worn and degraded. Acidic beverages such as energy drinks, sodas, and some fruit juices are heavy in sugars, which feed mouth bacteria, which then make even more acids. Regular and diet soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit-flavored drinks, and juices are among the worst offenders. Enamel erosion, sensitivity, tooth decay, decalcification (white spots/brown spots), and infection are all risks associated with soda and energy drink consumption.
The calcium and other minerals in saliva help the body remineralize the enamel on a daily basis, but high levels of acidity can hinder the saliva from doing its function.
What is the sugar content of the drinks your children consume?
21 grams of sugar in a sports drink
27 grams of sugar in an energy drink
Soda has 49 grams of sugar in it.
Instead, it’s recommended to drink healthier beverages. These can include the following:
Fluoride-strengthening fluoride is commonly found in tap water.
Water in a bottle
Milk contains calcium and vitamin D, which helps your body absorb calcium more effectively.
Choices made early in life can become habits that we carry into adulthood. A passion for water, appropriate brushing/flossing, and avoiding extra sweets would be extremely beneficial to one’s health. Set a good example for your children by eating healthy and exercising often.