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Soft drinks and your teeth November 22, 2013

Filed under: Dental health — Mall of Georgia Dentistry @ 10:09 am

We all know that the soft drink and energy drink business is huge.

The Group of Eight (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and the US) generated almost $291 billion in soft drinks sales in 2010, according to MarketLine. The group’s global soft drink industry is predicted to hit almost $310 billion in 2015. The US leads the group with a near 43% share in the market, generating almost $125 billion in sales. In 2015, the US soft drinks market is predicted to exceed $127 billion.

It is something we all have to deal with and a product most of us enjoy at one time or another.  This post isn’t to say you should never drink a soft drink.  Instead it is to help inform you when you make such a decision and to understand the possible side-effects of doing so.  While soft drinks (and energy drinks) are a huge industry and something we all enjoy, they can also lead to some problems that we may not be aware of.  Here’s a graphic to help set the stage:

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What you’ll see here is the ph and amount of sugar to be found in various popular drinks.  To give the comparison some context, you’ll see water at the top (it’s neutral) and battery acid at the bottom (obviously it’s very acidic).   We all know that acid in drinks attacks the enamel of teeth.  We also know that diabetes is a large and growing problem in the country.  The chart helps you evaluate the probable impact of the soft drinks listed (and soft drinks in general) in both of the area of acidity and sugar content.

We’re not saying “don’t drink soft drinks”.  We’re just pointing out the possible adverse side effects that may occur without care or limits.  It is obviously important to take steps to neutralize the acid these drinks have that will attack the enamel of your teeth and cause it to erode.  Rinsing the mouth and brushing soon after drinking a soft drink will help neutralize that acid and protect your teeth’s enamel.

Call us if you have any questions.  We’d be happy to discuss them with you.

Mall of Georgia Dentistry

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