Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and Sprite are just a few common brand names of soft drinks people often drink on a daily basis. Some individuals even drink up to seven 12 ounce cans a day.
Did you know that drinking soft drinks can double your chance of becoming obese and can negatively affect your oral health?
Acids and acidic sugar byproducts in soft drinks soften tooth enamel, contributing to the formation of cavities. Diet soda is not safer than regular soda. Diet sodas have been linked to kidney damage, weight gain and bone loss. Children, adolescents and adults can all benefit from reducing the number of soft drinks they consume.
Some steps to help: Stock your refrigerator with beverages containing less sugar and acid such as water and milk. Also, if you consume a soft drink, flush your mouth with water to remove residue the soft drink leaves behind. This residue can prolong exposure of acids to your tooth enamel.
Contrary to their name soft drinks are hard on your teeth. By reducing the amount you drink, practicing good oral hygiene, getting professionally applied fluoride treatments and seeking help from your dentist and hygienist, you can counteract their effects.