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Study Reveals Oral Health Link Between Soda and Drug use

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

971007_78091126The consumption of soda on a regular basis has a laundry list of bad side effects on an individual. A new study recently revealed that it may damage teeth in a manner similar to that of methamphetamine and crack cocaine use. According to data released in the March/April 2013 issue of the peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, tooth erosion is common in people who are addicted to soda and methamphetamine. The case study compared the mouths of three different individuals: An excessive soda drinker, a current methamphetamine user and a former user of the drug that admitted to long-time usage. While all three people in the case study admitted to having poor oral hygiene practices, researchers found similar patterns in the rotting and erosion of their teeth.

Consuming soft drinks
The combination of sugar, acid and carbonation found in sodas poses great risks to the overall health of the mouth and teeth. While the acid works to weaken the enamel, the sugar attracts bacteria that cause bad breath and play a role in tooth decay. In a scale provided by the Mississippi State Department of Health, Pepsi and Coca-Cola both have an acidity rate of 4.5 and sugar level of 9.8 and 9.3 teaspoons, respectively. To put the figure into perspective, the chart also noted that battery acid has an acidity rating of 6.

In addition to the acidic nature of the beverage, when sugar and bacteria combine in the mouth, extra acid is formed to attack the teeth. Acid can affect the enamel for a period of 20 minutes at a time, which starts after each sip of soda. This means that those who consume a can of soda over an extended period of time, or consistently intake soft drinks throughout the day, are prone to experience the most damage.


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Teen Habits and their Effect on Oral Hygiene

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

1184390_72579423Parents strive to teach their children good habits at a young age with the hope that they will continue a healthy lifestyle into adulthood. But once kids hit their teenage years, rebellion takes over and those productive manners may go out the window. Keeping up with good oral health habits as an adolescent can ensure that the gums, teeth and mouth are in top condition for a lifetime. Here are a few things to consider in order to maintain those pearly whites and fresh breath:


For many teenagers, chewing gum is routine. From the classroom to going out with friends, teenagers have a strange tendency to always be chomping down. While some gum can actually improve breath and help avoid dry mouth, typical packs from the super market are loaded with sugar. Instead of picking up a stick of gum with a layer of “fruit,” try sugarless gum made with the natural sweetener xylitol after meals. Consider having this all-natural gum around the house so your teenager won’t be tempted to pick up a sugar-loaded pack.


Body piercings have become much more acceptable in modern society, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t consequences that come along with them. Tongue and lip piercings can cause teeth to chip and gums to recede. In addition, these piercings can be prone to infection, which causes bad breath and creates other issues throughout the entire mouth. Encourage children to avoid this type of body art.

Soda/sports drinks

Teenagers can sometimes down soda like it is water! There are countless harmful side effects to drinking these carbonated beverages, and they can wreak havoc on the entire mouth. Not only is one can filled with 38 grams of sugar or more, its sticky, syrupy texture lingers on the teeth, gums and tongue for much too long. Drinking just one bottle of soda pop a day can increase the amount of anaerobic bacteria in the mouth, cause bad breath, promote tooth decay and dry out the mouth. Unfortunately, sports drinks are not much better. Kids who play sports in school tend to carry along one of these beverages after or during a meet or game, but they are often loaded with a similar amount of sugar as soda. Instead, encourage teenagers to drink plenty of water, or even coconut water. Coconut water is all-natural and rehydrates better than typical sports drinks.


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Research Finds Ban on Soda Could Have Negative Effects

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

971009_65283515We all know that soda causes an abundance of health issues like heart disease, bad breath, cavities and a raised risk of cancer, but many Americans continue to consume these beverages on a regular basis. When New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a ban on the sale of sodas larger than 16 ounces at New York City restaurants, gas stations, movie theaters and other establishments, he quickly made headlines. The ban, which was originally set to go in effect in March 2013, was shut down by New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling one day prior to its implementation. Research published in the journal PLOS ONE found that limiting the intake of sugary beverages may have unintended consequences.

The soda study
Conducted at the University of California, San Diego, a research team found that people who were offered both a large sized beverage and two smaller beverages in a bundle were more likely to choose the bundles. These results show that a ban on large beverages would likely not decrease the amount of soda bought in stores and restaurants.

Participants of the study had several different menu choices, including an unregulated menu with a 16, 24 and 32-ounce soda, and then the bundle menu presented a 16-ounce, two 12, and two 16-ounce sodas. The no bundle menu presented only a 16-ounce soda. It was found that people bought significantly more ounces of soda from the bundle menu than the unregulated menu.

If businesses are able to sell large amounts of sugary beverages in smaller containers, it’s likely that consumers will continue to purchase the big sizes. However, since participants were aware that they were taking part in the study, some researchers believe the results could be skewed.

“Most people getting ready to buy soda will go for the regular size,” David Just, a professor of behavioral economics at Cornell University, told the Los Angeles Times. Just further explained that other individuals are “going to display what we call reactance – a rebelliousness, a determination to circumvent this policy, an attitude of ‘I’ll show them.’ And the people selling the soda are all too willing to comply.”


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Get the Down-low on Carbonated Beverages and Oral Health

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

971007_78091126We all know that gulping down a tall glass of water can do wonders to our health, but sometimes H2O doesn’t satisfy your craving for something bubbly. Before you reach for your drink of choice, you may be surprised to find out that not all carbonated beverages are created equal – especially when it comes to the health of your mouth. Bad breath is often a nasty side effect of sipping on a can of soda, but your entire mouth may be taking a hit. Here are the best and worst carbonated beverages on the market and why you should skip it or grab it:

Sparkling water
Sometimes it isn’t the sugary taste you’re craving, but the bubbly sensation. Carbonated water is basically just that – fizzy water. However, the consumption of seltzer water doesn’t increase enamel erosion, and in fact the minerals in the water actually offer a protective coating on the teeth. Carbonated water can also help improve gastrointestinal problems, which often cause bad breath. These beverages can sometimes help digestion and make sure that food is moving through your system properly. If you’re going to sip on carbonated water, skip the flavors, as they are considered potentially erosive. 

Cola is one of the most acidic beverages on the market, most colas have a pH level close to vinegar. Not only will this erode your teeth, but it can cause major stomach issues. Cola is one of the top best-selling beverages on the market, but this beverage has countless bad effects on the entire body. A 12-ounce serving of cola contains an average of 39 grams of sugar and can wreak havoc in your mouth. The sticky syrup of cola can stick around in your mouth if you’re not washing it down with water, leading to bacteria accumulation, halitosis and tooth erosion.

“Tooth loss, periodontal disease, and gingivitis can be problems, especially with a high phosphorus intake, particularly from soft drinks. All kinds of bone problems can occur with prolonged calcium deficiency, which causes a decrease in bone mass,” according to Elson M. Haas’ “The Detox Diet: A How-To & When-To Guide for Cleansing the Body.”


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