Lifestyles: Soda vs. Teeth
Soda is a beverage that many people drink regularly. But a new study shows soda may be more detrimental to your teeth than initially thought.
Pediatric Dentist Kevin Rencher says he sees several kids daily with poor dental health caused by drinking soda.
"In fact this morning, I had to take out 8 teeth on an 8-year-old boy because the teeth were infected because of soda. He was drinking one or two cans of pop a day and got cavities on all of them. The cavities were so extensive that the only choice was to pull them out."
According to a new study published in the Journal of General Dentistry, people who drink soda consistently could develop severe tooth erosion similar to that of a meth addict.
"I see kids that have meth, who have history of meth and they'll have a lot of cavities. We'll see the same severity of cavities with pop. They just have severe cavities on those front teeth."
"Rencher says it's not necessarily how much soda you drink, but just how you drink it. If you drink a soda like so (drinks), then it's your front handful of teeth that get affected the most. And if you take a longer period of time to drink your soda, then that's more sugar exposure that your teeth have to deal with."
The study shows acids in both regular and diet soda wear away tooth enamel. Rencher says the acidity level of soda is quite high.
"The pH of Coke is about 2.62. Most soft drinks are between the range of 2.5 and 3.5. And that amount of acidity is going to cause cavities. So whether it's diet pop or regular pop, it's going to cause damage to your teeth."
Story by Charlie Misra, Beartooth NBC.
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