Whatever you call it, sodas are refreshing, tasty treats- that’s right: Sodas should be a treat, not a daily indulgence.
Soda and Your Health
Despite how tasty it is, soda is just a drink with a lot of added sugar and lot of empty calories. Drinking a lot of soda has been linked to kidney damage, weight gain, osteoporosis and bone loss, and tooth enamel damage.
As dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans care first about the health of their patients’ smiles, but they also want to help their patients lead healthy and fulfilling lives. That’s why they want to warn you against the dangers of consuming too many soft drinks.
Due to the high sugar and acid content, soda is bad for your teeth and can erode your tooth enamel, the natural protective covering on your pearly whites. These sugars easily form dental plaque, which builds up at the gum line, but the acids also break down your enamel, leaving your teeth unprotected and vulnerable.
What You Can Do
The obvious choice to protect your teeth and body would be to remove soda from your diet. Because everyone needs a fizzy pick-me-up every now and then, try one of these low-sugar, low-acid alternatives to traditional soda pop:
- Spruce up water with fruits and herbs, such as lemons, oranges, watermelon, cucumber, mint, and limes.
- Go natural with green tea, which may help reduce the risk of certain cancers, heart disease, hypertension, kidney stones, and possibly even cavities. Add a few drops of honey if you need a little sweetness.
- Add your favorite all-natural juice to seltzer for a fizzy, flavorful punch.
- Use stevia to add some sweetness to water or tea. This herb has no calories or carbs, and research has shown that it may be helpful for those managing obesity and glucose intolerance.
- Red wine, when consumed in moderation, can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, Alzheimer’s, and certain cancers. Although it’s good for your health, red wine is one of the most common teeth stainers, so be careful!
- Vegetable juice offers a quick, low-calorie way to get all the benefits of veggies. Be careful to buy a vegetable juice without added sugar.