Swap Soda for Water in 2014 – Your Teeth will Thank You!

Soda is bad for us. That much we all know. Still, somehow we are lured by the sweet and inexpensive drink. Various studies have linked significant soda consumption with alarming health concerns, such as an increased risk of having a stroke, getting certain cancers, and it is credited as being one of the main causes for this country’s obesity epidemic. Here are some interesting stats about soda consumption: *The average soft drink serving size has tripled since the 1950s. *The average person drinks about 45 gallons of soda per year. *7% of adults drink four servings or more per day.*At least 20% of children drink four servings or more per day.

Soft drinks are loaded with sugar and empty calories. Consumption has been linked to obesity, diabetes, and heart problems. Of major concern to us is the effect that soda has on your teeth. Making the switch to diet soda doesn’t protect you from its ill effects. All sodas, including diet soda are loaded with phosphoric acid, which is highly erosive to the enamel of your teeth, doing irreversible damage. In fact, many sugar-free soft drinks are more acidic than high-sugar ones. Sodas are not the only drinks containing acids that are harmful to your teeth. Sports and energy drinks are just as erosive.

A recent study by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) found that 43% of adults drink less than 4 cups of water per day. “Mentally and physically, we’re better off being hydrated,” said Paula Burke, clinical dietitian at MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island. “The human body is about 70 percent water; we need it. It helps our circulation, makes us feel better, helps rid our bodies of toxins and prevents constipation. And drinking water before meals helps you eat less if you’re trying to lose weight.” Yet soda tops the list of beverages with calories consumed by adults 19 and older, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans from the Department of Health and Human Services. Sports/energy drinks are No. 2, followed by alcoholic beverages, milk, fruit juice and fruit drinks.

We would like to challenge you to swap out your soda for water this year. If you would like to see the effects of phosphoric acid on your teeth, look at this video we found!

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