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Sipping soft drinks all day fosters tooth decay

Jan 04, 2012

The link between beverages sweetened with sugar (regardless of the type of sugar) and tooth decay is undeniable.  For several years consuming sugary soft drinks has become a daily habit for a growing number of people. Unfortunately, so have the resulting health complications, including diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis.

Research has indicated the problem arises because a single sip of soft drink can cling to your teeth for 20 minutes. Compounding the problem is "super-sized" drinks which people sip throughout the day. This accumulation of sugar usually leads to rampant tooth decay, and often serves as a gateway to even more serious health issues.

This isn't to say that a person should never drink soft drinks; drinking in moderation may represent little more harm other than empty calories. The problems arise when people regularly substitute acidic carbonated beverages for water, milk, or as food substitutes.

And it's not just soft drinks. Many fruit juices and kids' drinks contain vast amounts of sugar. For instance, experts have recommended that individuals should limit their daily intake of 100 percent fruit juice to just four to six ounces because of the huge amount of sugar contained in such juices.

If you plan on consuming soft drinks on a regular basis, below are some tips from the Wisconsin Dental Association that can minimize the risks:

  • When drinking a soft drink try finishing it within a 15-minute time period or less, then brush your teeth or drink some water as a "chaser".
  • Restrict soda drinks and other sugared beverages to four times a week.
  • Avoid drinking soft drinks with meals.

Sources: Wisconsin Dental Association, Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

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