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Soda is bad for everyone, but especially kids, and if your sons and daughters are drinking more than they should, Rodeo Dental explains that there are several reasons to avoid soda, or pop as it is called in the Midwest and Canada.

Recent studies have indicated that soft drinks are emerging as one of the leading causes of tooth decay, as the sugar byproducts are acidic and will soften the enamel on the teeth contributing to dental caries.

Soft enamel, tooth grinding, improper brushing, and other bad oral health habits can eventually lead to tooth loss. Although drinks that are sugar free are less harmful, the acid content is still about the same and can cause dental problems.

Even with all of the bad press regarding the dangers of soft drinks, Americans are drinking more soda, especially children and teens. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the problem has become so severe that they are telling anyone who will listen how dangerous soda is.

So just how many school age kids drink soda? Estimates go from one or two cans to over four and five. The American Dental Association believes that one in five children will consume four or more cans of soft drinks every day. What is even more shocking is that teens will drink a 12-pack of soda every day.

Larger portion sizes are also making things worse. The typical soft drink in the 50s had 6.5 ounces while today the average is 20 ounces.

Kids and teens aren’t the only ones at risk, as long-term soda consumption will have a cumulative effect on enamel. People are living longer and those that drink soda will be likely to have problems.

What can you do?

Kids, teens, and adults can benefit by reducing soft drink consumption by substituting different drinks. Stock the fridge with refreshing beverages that contain less acid and sugar. Milk, unsweetened ice tea and 100 percent fruit juices are a good start, but there really is nothing like water. Steer clear of energy and sports drinks, as they are loaded with sugar and acid as well.

After drinking a can of soda, encourage your kids to rinse with water. Lead by example and flush your mouth with water as it helps to remove the enamel damaging acids and sugar.

Using a fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash can help reduce cavities. Fluoride also helps strengthen the enamel on your teeth. Rodeo Dental can also recommend an American Dental Association approved mouthwash, or prescribe something stronger. Rodeo Dental can also prescribe toothpaste with higher fluoride content. Ask Rodeo Dental about professional fluoride treatment, which can also help prevent dental caries.

Soft drinks are hard on everyone’s teeth, but if you and your family reduce the amount of soda that you drink, or stop drinking it completely, you will be able to counteract the effects.

If you would like more information regarding the dangers of soft drinks, call or click and schedule an appointment with Rodeo Dental today.