Step into any crowded, public place, and you’ll notice that people love to drink soda, energy drinks and sweetened coffee. These beverages have grown so popular because they’re convenient, taste good and give drinkers a quick boost of energy. Just because you enjoy drinking beverages with a lot of sugar, however, doesn’t mean you should. The ADA has warned against excessive ingestion of sugary drinks and foods for years, and they aren’t the only ones. The CDC also warns against the heavy consumption of sugar, citing it as one of the many causes of tooth decay, which can in turn lead to gum disease and bad breath.

How sugar effects your teeth
When your body digests sugar, enzymes and bacteria in your mouth give off an acid that can eat away at the enamel of your teeth. If you think you’re going to side step this problem by drinking diet soda or some other artificially sweetened drink, think again. The chemicals in diet drinks create their own types of acid that can erode tooth enamel in the same ways as acids produced from sugar. All sodas and soda-like drinks have acid. This is really the cause of tooth decay, and the best thing you can do is avoid these drinks all together.

Avoiding sugary drinks
Avoiding sugary beverages probably seems easy. All you have to do is keep away from soda and energy drinks right? Wrong. There are many drinks that appear to be healthy, but actually pack a lot of sugar. Fruit juices are a perfect example, as they can boast a surprising amount of added sugar. The next time you’re at the store, check the label of your favorite juice. If sugar content is high, consider switching to a different brand, and whenever possible, look for juices that are made from 100 percent fruit and additive free.

Sugary drink laws
In recent years, sugary drinks have been the source for new legislation, but the ADA isn’t sure if these laws will provide any tangible oral health benefits. Berkeley, California, was the first city in the U.S. to impose a sugary drink tax in 2014, coming after Mexico introduced a nation-wide tax on sugary beverages in 2013, as reported in USA today. Earlier this year, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) proposed a bill that would put a tax on all “specified sugar-sweetened beverage” products, according to the ADA. While these taxes are designed to increase revenue and encourage people to make more healthy lifestyle choices, the ADA reports that the amount of sugary drinks consumed in many areas affected by these laws doesn’t decrease that much, and people who do switch may simply switch to other non-regulated sugary drinks.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please Note: The material on this site is provided for informational purposes only.  Always consult your health care professional before beginning any new therapy.

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