Soft Drinks and The Effects it has on your Oral Health
In today’s society soft drinks or soda is a main stay drink, it comes with every fast food or restaurant meal and people drink it at home at an alarming rate. The average person is putting about 23 pounds , if not more of sugar into their bodies every year. It does not matter if you are drinking diet or sugar free because it is just as harmful to your teeth from the high acid levels. when drinking soft drinks and other sugary liquids, you are exposing your teeth to something over time that even with good brushing and flossing, can break down the hard enamel that protects your teeth. The main drinks that contain high acid levels are Pepsi,Coke, Orange, Hawaiian Fruit punch, Squirt and any sodas that are citrus. Drinks that contain high levels of sugar are orange slice,grape & orange minute maid soda, Mountain Dew, Barq’s root beer and cream soda. Beyond tooth decay excess sugar consumption can lead to Obesity, diabetes, Calcium- robbed bones, kidney stones, osteoporosis and over all poor health. Try limiting the amount of soda and other sugary drinks, especially if you are wearing braces and or retainers. drinking alternative items like water and reading labels for sugar or high fructose corn syrup,sucrose, glucose or dextrose will help you be aware of all the sugar you are putting into your body. Adding a prescription Fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel and getting your regular cleaning check ups done will also help you.