Who doesn’t just LOVE that crisp and bubbly feel of a carbonated beverage?! We know sugar causes all sorts of problems like cavities and weight gain, so now we also have all sorts of alternatives with artificial sweeteners and a variety of chemicals to add flavor to our soft drinks without the problems of sugar and high fructose corn syrup…but these additives still have their own implications for health! Check out the Washington Post’s report on a new study linking ALL soda to overall risk of early death.
In addition, any carbonated beverage - even plain club soda! - influences oral health. Carbonation is acidic, and over time damages the protective enamel layer of the teeth. Acid erosion of tooth enamel can lead to cavities, loss of tooth structure, teeth that break or chip, and jaw changes. Soda has also been linked to loss of calcium build up in our bones - and therefore, risk for osteoporosis.
Just a tidbit from us at Davis Dental Health - if you didn’t know, now you know!