Cosmetic Dentistry: Fizzy drinks – Soda linked to tooth decay, diabetes, bad bones

By August 3, 2015 No Comments

Over the coming few weeks, London Smile Care will be publishing blogs and posts on our social media to raise awareness regarding fizzy drinks effect on dental and general health. This will be accompanied by our cosmetic dentist advice and recommendations. We hope the provided information will be helpful maintain your smile and dental health.

Not only does drinking soda contribute to weight gain, but it also is linked to tooth decay, diabetes and is bad for the bones.


All that — or even one of those reasons — should be enough for us to stop anticipating the fizz sound when popping open a can or twisting open a bottle. Why do we keep drinking it, then?

“People like the taste of it, and it makes them feel satisfied,” said Rachel Laughlin, a private registered dietitian in Montgomery, adding that “there’s nothing nutritional about it.”

The biggest risk for regular soda drinkers is the excess calories, Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian and assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, stated in this past week. The calories in regular soda, she said, come entirely from added sugar, “and you’re not getting any value in terms of vitamins or minerals, or even good quality carbohydrates.”

But soda may also be causing other types of harm. Studies have shown that its consumption is linked with tooth decay and diabetes, and it also seems to be bad for your bones, according to the article.

“The phosphorus in the sodas actually weakens your bones,” Laughlin said. “It’s more appropriate for (people) to drink water … about eight to 10 glasses per day. It doesn’t mean you can’t have the occasional Coke. Maybe a small, 8-ounce can … so it’s the quantity that they are controlling.”

Overall, the number of soda drinkers in the U.S. continues to shrink, as is clear by the steady decline in the volume of soda produced since 2000, according to an online article this past week in FiveThirtyEight. According to Gallup, more Americans than ever (63 percent as of July) actively avoid drinking soda. But those who still want their drinks carbonated seem to prefer full-strength sugar and calories, according to the article.

Since 2011, Coca-Cola’s and Pepsi’s production volumes have gone down only 1 percent and 9 percent, respectively, while Diet Coke’s and Diet Pepsi’s volumes have gone down 16 and 17 percent, respectively, suggesting that it’s the diet soda drinkers who are leaving the market for healthier options, according to the article.

Laughlin suggests to give all of it up.

“I encourage people to stay away from sodas and diet sodas,” she said. “It’s just empty calories. There’s really nothing nutritional about it … just calories, sugar and chemicals.”

Setting goals is a way to help curb drinking soda, said Pam Green, a registered dietitian with the Baptist Center for Diabetes.

“You can decrease the number of cans you drink a day,” she said. “You set a reasonable goal. If you’re drinking four in one day, would you be happy with just one a day? Or can you get the smaller cans? That is one way to decrease the volume.”

For those who say they don’t like the taste of water, Green suggests adding some flavor to it, such as a slice of cucumber, lemon or even an orange slice.

“Or you can even freeze a little bit of fruit,” she said. “A few berries in an ice cube. As it melts, it flavors the water a little. Or you can use liquid, non-calorie flavoring drops.”

She also suggests not bringing sodas into the house, and to have cold water readily available in the fridge — so it is the first thing people see.

“They also can reward themselves” monetarily, Green said. “Every time they don’t buy a soda, they can put what money they would have spent into a jar. And put that jar somewhere where you can see your rewards.”…read more


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