Soda, a Smile Killer
Drinking soda is as American as baseball and apple pie. Statistics indicate that the nation ranks first among countries for soft drink consumption with the average annual rate being 13.15 billion gallons of carbonated drinks consumed each year. While the sugar and caffeine can provide instant taste satisfaction, soda products (both sugar laden and sugar-free options) are void of any nutritional value and in fact, can cause a myriad of both general health and dental health issues.
Some general health issues conditions caused by drinking soda include:
- Increased Odds Type 2 Diabetes: Harvard researchers found that women who drink more than one sugary soda a day have 85 percent greater odds of developing diabetes then their counterparts that averaged consuming less than one soda per day.
- Contributes to Osteoporosis: Soft drinks are high in phosphates and have virtually no calcium, leading to an imbalance level in blood (and will contribute to dental problems).
- Too Much Sodium: Diet sodas tend to be high in sodium and that salt can increase calcium loss and raise the odds of developing osteoporosis.
- Extra Weight: Children who consumed an extra soft drink daily have a 60 percent greater chance of becoming obese. Adults are no better off as soda can cause a metabolic syndrome in that demographic and the condition is marked by "high levels of belly fat, blood sugar, and cholesterol," (http://www.prevention.com/health/nutrition/healthy-eating-tips/soda-dangers/article/44bf45c40e4f9110VgnVCM20000012281eac____).
- Reduction of Medicine Efficiency: Sodas can decrease the antibacterial effect of penicillin and ampricillin.
- Heart Disease: A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association states, "Drinking one or more carbonated beverages per day may increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease."
- Create Nutritional Imbalances: Nutritional imbalances can contribute to bone loss or ADHD symptoms in children.
- Stimulate Bladder Activity: Pelvic disorders specialists at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas say that soda is a bladder irritant (http://www.prevention.com/health/nutrition/healthy-eating-tips/new-reasons-to-ditch-soda/article/bac9323b0b803110VgnVCM20000012281eac____).
Plus, the fact is soda is a smile killer. An evaluation of Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey by a team at the University of Michigan "confirm that adults who drink three or more sodas a day have up to 62% more decayed, missing, and filled teeth than those who drink less," (http://www.prevention.com/health/health/diabetes/drinking-soda-4-reasons-to-stop-soda-consumption/article/d9bc50d1fa803110VgnVCM10000013281eac____/3).
Sodas consumed in excess will leave trace elements of sugars and carbohydrates on teeth. As those food traces are left to linger, oral bacteria will group together to form dental plaque and feast on the foods and will produce a tooth eroding acid as a byproduct of their digestion process. Additionally, malic and tartaric acids are often added to sodas and in test-tube studies those additives have been found to cause damage to tooth enamel. Finally, the caffeine present in many colas can result in unconscious tooth grinding increasing the odds of unnecessary dental wear and tear.
About Mountain Dew Mouth
Thanks to the research exposed by Diane Sawyer and her team, Mountain Dew has earned the dishonor of being the worst beverage on the market, however the manufactures are not solely to blame for their reputation. In the Appalachian region it was found that parents use the product as a way to calm crying babies as local baby bottles in town were more often filled with the product (as opposed to water) as the high mix of sugar and caffeine relaxes children. By using the soda instead of water in bottles, children can sip on the sugary goodness for hours, depositing tooth eroding acids and sugars on teeth. The longer those components linger, the greater odds of dental havoc in the form of cavities and tooth decay.
Sports Drinks Guilty of Same Crime
It is important to note that the dental problems caused by soft drinks cannot be attributed to one specific brand or flavor. As a matter of fact, individuals who opt to hydrate courtesy of sports drinks are at greater risk to dental health issues. Research conducted by New York University dental researchers have found that the high concentration of strong acids in a majority can cause the worst damage to tooth enamel.