A lot of parents don't realize how much soda their children are consuming during the day, or the long-term effects on their health. Many other popular soda alternatives -- such as fruit drinks and juices -- can be just as bad for kids' dental and overall health.
Sodas are a thirst-quencher and a caffeine kick. But they're also ruining kids' teeth, say many experts. Kids are drinking the stuff from morning to night -- all through the school day.
Other studies have pointed to soft drinks as being responsible for children's tooth decay and obesity problems. It is a huge problem, since it has been reported that the average person in the U.S. drinks about 16 ounces of soft drinks daily -- that's about 53 gallons a year.
Soda consumption has more than doubled from 22 gallons of cola per person a year in 1970 to 56 gallons per person a year in 1999. In 1977, 12- to 19-year-olds drank 16 ounces of soda a day. In 1996, the same age group consumed an average of 28 ounces a day.
A big part of the problem is soda machines in schools. Schools get significant funding from soda companies in exchange for selling one brand exclusively in schools. So kids are getting sodas before school, between classes, during lunchtime .
When it's just a couple of cans a day, that's no big problem," says Susan Sup-Barnes, DDS, a dentist in Wheaton, Ill., just outside of Chicago, and a trustee of the AGD. "When it's six or eight cans a day, that's when we see the difference -- the most cavities.
Don't brush your teeth after drinking pop. "The acid in the sugar weakens the enamel," says Chase. "When you subject the enamel to a nylon bristle brush with toothpaste, you're going to wear away the enamel even faster.
Drink sodas through a straw. "There's less direct contact with teeth. Drink only small-size sodas, then head to the water fountain. "Whether you swallow the water or spit it out, it takes the sugar off the teeth.
That’s the tips to protect your teeth from soda drink.
The best defense against tooth decay is drinking fewer soft drinks. Also, allowing more time between soft drinks, rinsing your mouth with water after drinking.