Nowadays, children are constantly consuming sugar, which has led to massive tooth decay. Therefore, children no longer go to visit their dentist for a routine cleaning, but dentists nowadays need to pull out children’ s rotten teeth.
Namely, the high sugar intake led to 11 teeth extractions of one 3-year-old boy in New Zealand. His dentist, Dr. Rob Beaglehole added that even the sippy cup of the boy was often filled with soda.
However, this is a common issue not only in New Zealand. According to the American Heart Association, women should consume no more than 6, and men no more than 9, teaspoons of sugar daily.
Thus, a 20 oz. Coca-Cola has 15 teaspoons of sugar, so a Coca-Cola a day doubles the recommended daily amount of sugar.
On the other hand, the American Heart Association also points out that an average American daily consumes amazing 23 teaspoons of sugar, which is three times more than the recommended amount for men and four times more than the recommended amount for women.
The issue with the consumption of sugar is also common in Appalachia, the region from southern New York to Alabama. Hence, health advocates from this area state that soft drinks lead to extremely high levels of eroding teeth.
Moreover, they even gave this problem a name, “Mountain Dew Mouth,” after this popular drink in this area.
Soda drinks contain citric acid, which is a preservative that enriches the flavor and prolongs the shelf life, and it actually erodes the teeth and dentin, which is the tooth core, both the flavor and the shelf life in soda is the main culprit. It erodes the enamel and eventually the dentin, which is the core of the tooth. Citric acid is also found in high amounts in energy drinks.
However, this is not the only consequence of added sugar. Namely, sugar overloads the liver and thus may cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Moreover, sugar may also lead to insulin resistance, which is the main reason for the development of numerous diseases, like type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease. Moreover, high sugar intake may also increase the risk of developing cancer.
Nowadays, the rate of sugar consumption is extremely high, so it has become the major contributor to obesity in children and adults. It leads to addiction and reduces the level of satiety, so people consume sugar and food without control.
In the last three decades, the childhood obesity is two times higher in children and four times in adolescents. In 2012, over 1/3 of children and adolescents have been found to be overweight or obese.
Obesity leads to numerous severe long-term health effects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that obese youngsters have an increased risk of prediabetes, cardiovascular disease, bone issues, joint problems, sleep apnea, and experience various social and psychological issues like poor self-esteem.
Moreover, obese children and adolescents are likely to be obese adults, and they have a high risk to develop many types of cancer, stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and osteoarthritis.
The New Zealand Dental Association advised parents to adopt a milk and water policy in order to prevent tooth decay due to soda.
Even though the beverage industry has repeatedly tried to reject the claims that their drinks contribute to the high rate of tooth decay, dentists and experts warn that it is of high importance to avoid high-sugar products.
The following video will provide important information on sugar-free sodas and their effects: