What You Should Know About Soda Pop And Your Children’s Teeth - November 7, 2017
What used to be considered a special treat, sodas are becoming a regular part of many children’s diets. While parents can appreciate the convenience of canned and bottled drinks such as sodas and juices, they should also be aware of the health risks that these beverages present.
While we all recognize that high sugar diets can lead to dental cavities, people don’t realize that some soft drinks contain up to 11 teaspoons of sugar in a standard size can. But this high sugar content is just a part of the problem. Virtually all soft drinks contain phosphoric acid that actually eats away at the enamel layer that protects each tooth. Over time, continued exposure to the high acid levels contained in both regular and diet soft drinks can cause the enamel to virtually disintegrate.
In addition, many soft drinks contain phosphorous, which has been proven to leach calcium from teeth and bones. This can lead to fragile, brittle teeth and jawbones that are susceptible to fractures and cavities. And one more thing, the artificial colours used in the production of these soft drinks cause brown stains on the surfaces of the teeth.
What is a parent to do? While it is unlikely to totally eliminate soft drinks from your children’s diet, you can take steps to reduce their consumption. Keep healthier drinks like water and low fat milk in your refrigerator. A few simple changes to the family grocery list today can be a big benefit to your children’s smiles in the future.