Sodas: Tooth Enemies

· October 1, 2014

Although carbonated drinks or sodas are very delicious, they can be fairly damaging for our body’s health.  They can also present a lot of dental risks whether or not they contain sweeteners.

A recent study has looked at this type of drink as if it were just as bad and damaging for dental health as some illegal drugs.

Why are sodas so damaging?

We are going to take this opportunity to help discover why sodas and other foods can be so damaging and why you should avoid them to keep your teeth healthy for a longer period of time.

The truth is that in order to avoid frequent soda consumption, there are several very powerful reasons that you should not over look, like, for example:

  • Sodas contain an exorbitant amount of sugar and, as we all know, sugars provide the body with a large amount of calories but do not contain even one single nutrient.
  • Consuming these drinks could provoke the development of type II diabetes.
  • They can also cause other illnesses, among which are depression.
  • They lead to excess fat around the waist.
  • They increase triglyceride and bad cholesterol levels.
  • They increase blood pressure

All of these problems, along with others that were left unmentioned, are related to excessive consumption of these drinks.

And what about sugar-free “light drinks”?

Although these sodas aren’t sweetened with sugar, it contains acids like: citric acid and phosphoric acid, which could lead to damage to the superficial area of the teeth.  This causes stains, cavities, and other dental problems that could end up being very serious.

In recent studies that were performed and issued by specialists in General Dentistry, it was assured that extreme consumption of these drinks could, in some cases, have the same effect on dental health as those produced by some illegal drugs, like cocaine, methamphetamine, and crack.

This study looked at one woman, barely 30 years old, who, after having drank sodas for approximately five years had teeth just as deteriorated as a habitual cocaine user.  These damages could be caused by the acids contained in these drinks which could vary depending on the amount and frequency with which they are consumed.  In this same way you must keep in mind that some sports drinks also contain acids and could damage the teeth in an equally aggressive way.

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Remember that dental health is vital and a beautiful smile makes everyone look good.  On that note, digestion begins in the mouth which is why you should avoid at all costs any habits that could affect oral health.

You must promote good habits that improve dental health, like brushing your teeth three or four times a day, using a good toothbrush, a quality toothpaste, and a mouth wash.  Floss at least twice a day.  You should go to the dentist every six months.