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Hold the Soda!

By Jill Hamilton on February 21, 2013 in Dental Health


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Soda is an American weakness. Here in the US, we drink twice the amount of soda than other developed nations. Why, you ask? Americans have a soft spot for sweets and indulging. But is our indulgence leading us down a dangerous path?

New research suggests that drinking soda can increase depression in adults. The study, released last month by the National Institutes of Health in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, found that those people who drank more fruit juice and soda were 30 percent more likely to develop depression than those who avoided it. Soft drinks are also bad for your teeth. To keep your teeth healthy, take a look at five more reasons to avoid soda:

 1. Sugar in soda can cause cavities: Many soft drinks may contain 9 to 12 teaspoons of sugar. Go herefor more information on how what you eat can contribute to cavities.

2. Acids attack the teeth's enamel: Many soft drinks have an acidity that approaches the level of battery acid. Too much acid can damage teeth and erode tooth enamel.

3. Soda contributes to plaque: Sodas add layers of sugar to your teeth that creates plaque, a sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms on teeth. The build-up of plaque contributes to tooth decay. Plaque can also develop on the tooth roots under the gum and cause a breakdown in the bone supporting the tooth.

4. Soft drinks can lead to tooth discoloration: Highly acidic drinks (including sports or energy drinks) may stain your teeth as they break down the tooth's enamel.

5. Tooth loss: In extreme cases, softer enamel, combined with improper brushing, grinding of teeth or other conditions, can lead to tooth loss.

Have I convinced you to switch to water yet? Drinking soda is bad for your teeth but as in all indulgences, moderation is the key. Limit yourself to one a day and make sure to drink plenty of water. It's good for you.