Matthew Vogel, DMD
No mystery remains when it comes to understanding the connection between drinking soda and tooth decay. Heavy soda habits have also been linked to a variety of other long-term health conditions, such as osteoporosis, obesity and diabetes. But heed these reminders from your choice from one of the best cosmetic dentists Gresham has
Over the last 25 years, the amount of milk consumed in the U.S. has dropped while the consumption of sweetened fruit juice and soda has increased. A daily bottle or two of soda has become habit for a growing number of age groups, especially among children, teens and young adults. Considering the amount of soda consumed, it’s not surprising that tooth decay continues to rank as a growing health epidemic in the U.S and around the world.
Fortunately, you can take precautions to help reduce your risk of tooth decay. In addition to brushing and flossing daily, making such changes to your diet as consuming at least two servings of dairy a day, limiting the amount of sugary fruit beverages you drink to less than six ounces a day, and limiting soda consumption can help to keep your teeth healthy and strong.
To enjoy a healthy smile and strong teeth doesn’t mean you need to give up drinking soda entirely. Drinking soda in moderation actually presents very little risk to your oral health. However, when soda consumption takes the place of drinking water or eating healthy foods, then a problem can develop over the long-term.
The public awareness campaign of “Sip all day, Get decay” isn’t just a catchy slogan – it’s the actual truth.
The sugar in soda combines with the bacteria present in the mouth to create acid, which erodes away at healthy tooth enamel. Sugar free and diet brands of soda generally contain their own acidity, which can also cause damage to tooth enamel. Each time you sip an attack starts against your teeth’s enamel that lasts up to 20 minutes.
These constant attacks place a lot of stress on the health of your teeth. Teens and young children are the most susceptible to the effects of tooth decay because their enamel has yet to fully develop.
By limiting how much soda, sweetened fruit juice, sweet teas, and any other sweetened beverage you drink, you can reduce your risk of tooth decay. Moderating how much you drink, coupled with brushing and flossing daily and scheduling regular checkups and cleanings with Dr. Ries, will keep your teeth healthy for years to come.
While some beverages are more able to restore the necessary levels of hydration in your body, nothing works as well as a glass of water. Drinking enough water so you stay hydrated is a vital part of maintaining your overall health.
A lack of water ranks as the number one trigger for daytime fatigue, and it also causes hunger pangs that lead to overeating. Water also helps to flush out toxins from vital organs, transports nutrients to cells throughout the body, and provides moisture to ear, nose, and throat tissues.
So how much water should you drink a day?
The Institute of Medicine recommends that men consume 3 liters – the equivalent of 13 cups – of water daily, while women consume 2.2 liters – roughly 9 cups – of water a day.
So the next time you reach for a can of soda to quench your thirst, grab a cup and fill it with water, instead. You’ll start to feel the immense health benefits in no time.