Fizzy drinks such as sodas and energy drinks used to be occasional luxury treats. Yet, nowadays, these drinks are considered as pick-me-ups or even healthy sports aid drinks, with almost everyone preferring the super-sized servings! While some people may be quick to point out that there’s nothing wrong with this rising trend in over consumption of fizzy drinks, new studies on the subject think otherwise.
As part of Dr. Malone’s Knoxville preventive dental care program, we help you curb your soda consumption by presenting the following facts, figures, and tips below.
Facts and Figures
In Britain, there were approximately 14,585 million liters of soft drinks consumed in 2011, an estimated increase of 4 percent from 2010. On the other hand, the average American consumed 45 gallons of soft drinks and only 20 gallons of milk in 2010.
The average serving size of soft drink in the U.S. has tripled since the 1950s.
7 percent of the population drink about four servings or more of soda per day. On the other hand, 20 percent of children drink four servings or more of fizzy drinks.
The Link Between Fizzy Drinks and Tooth Decay
By and large, sodas and highly processed drinks are loaded with lots of sugar and empty calories. Consumption of these drinks have been linked to the development of obesity, diabetes, and heart diseases. A research published in the European Journal of Nutrition revealed that soft drinks alter metabolism by telling your body to produce energy via sugar rather the stored fat. The less efficient your metabolism, the greater the likelihood of gaining weight.
A major concern to us here at Knoxville Smiles is how consumption of these drinks could actually predispose adults and children to tooth decay. The different kinds of acids found in sodas tend to destroy your teeth’s enamel. The more you consume these drinks, the greater your chances of developing tooth sensitivity, enamel fracture, and tooth decay.
Sugar-free drinks are not entirely safe either. While there’s no sugar which could lead to tooth decay, the acids could still wear away the enamel, resulting to sensitive teeth.
Tips and Tricks
While not consuming sodas and other fizzy drinks altogether will surely help you avoid tooth decay and enamel erosion, you might want to do the following tips and tricks when having the occasional soft drink:
Reduce your intake of soft drinks and try natural fruit juices and water instead.
Drink fizzy drinks at once rather than sipping them through straws.
Finish off the drink with water.
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