In the Midwest and much of Canada is called “popular.” This is the “soda water” in the northeast region. It is a well-known brand in most parts of the South.
People across North America use different words to identify sugary carbonated soft drinks. But they say so, they are talking about things that can cause serious oral health problems.
Soft drinks have become one of the most important sources of tooth decay and affect people of all ages. Acid and acid sugar by-products in soft drinks soften enamel and help to form cavities. In extreme cases, softer enamel and inappropriate brushing, molars, or other conditions can cause the teeth to fall off.
Sugar-free beverages, which make up only 14% of all soft drink consumption, are less harmful. 1 However, they are acidic and may still cause problems.
The more we drink, the more we drink
The soft drink consumption in the United States shows a significant increase in all population groups, especially among children and adolescents. The problem is so serious that the health sector such as the American Academy of Pediatrics has begun to be wary of danger.
How many school-age children drink soft drinks? It is estimated that from one fifth to more than four fifths, drink at least one soft drink daily. At least one in five children eat at least four servings daily. 2
Some teens drink up to 12 soft drinks 3 per day.
The larger size makes the problem worse. From 6.5 ounces in the 1950s, to 2090s, typical soft drinks have grown to 20 ounces.
Children and adolescents are not the only people at risk. Long-term consumption of soft drinks has a cumulative effect on enamel. As people live longer, more people may experience problems.
What should I do
Children, adolescents, and adults benefit from reduced soft drinks and from the available oral care therapies. Here are some steps you can take:
Replaces Different Beverages: A refrigerator that holds drinks with a small amount of sugar and acid, such as water, milk and 100% juice. Drink yourself and encourage your children to do the same.
Rinse with water: After drinking soft drinks, rinse mouth with clear water to remove traces of drink that prolong exposure of enamel to acids.
Fluoride Toothpastes and Mouthwashes: Fluoride reduces tooth holes and enhances tooth enamel, so use fluoride-containing toothpaste such as Colgate® Total® to brush your teeth. Flush with fluoride mouthwash can also be. Your dentist can recommend an over-the-counter mouthwash or have a stronger mouthwash depending on the severity of the condition. He or she can also open a higher fluoride toothpaste.
Fluoride therapy for specialized applications: Your dental hygienist can administer fluoride as a foam, gel or irrigant.
Soft drinks are hard on your teeth. By reducing drinking levels, practicing good oral hygiene, and seeking the help of dentists and hygienists, you can counteract the effects and enjoy better oral health.