If you’re giving your child soda then the answer is yes!
The Addict’s Smile
“Meth mouth” is slang for severe tooth decay, enamel erosion and tooth loss due to methamphetamine addiction.
A recent case study reported in General Dentistry found the dental erosion from drug addiction to be very similar to that from drinking a lot of soda. While the damage does take time to occur it can sneak up on you! In the study, the soda addict drank 2 liters of soda daily for 3 – 5 years. A 2 liter bottle contains 34 ounces, a 7-Eleven Super Big Gulp is a whopping 44 ounces! All it takes is one a day…
Regular vs. Diet
Drinking diet soda doesn’t let you off the hook. Both regular (sugar) and diet sodas are high in citric acid with a pH level close to that of vinegar. One study found that colas do more 10 times more damage in the first 3 minutes than fruit juice!
The Marketing Plot
These days people average drinking about 50 GALLONS of soda a year. This consumption has been fueled by the beverage manufacturers who spend billions marketing their drinks with a good portion of that directly aimed at kids. They’ve also enlarged the bottle (tripled over the years) and decreased the price to sell more. Is it any wonder we’re drinking more soda than milk?
Minimize the Damage
Dr. Eugene Antenucci, DDS, FAGD, spokesperson of The Academy of General Dentistry, recommends drinking more water and minimizing the consumption of soda. It’s unlikely that kids will have a soda-free life so Dr. Antenucci advises rinsing their mouth with water or chewing sugar-free gum after a soda. This will increase the saliva flow and help normalize the acidity level in the mouth.
Even though kids are out of school and their schedule’s shot, they still need to brush and floss. And don’t forget to add a dental checkup to your to-do list for back-to-school!
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Wishing you a lifetime of healthy smiles,
Antoinette aka The Twooth Fairy
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