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Soft & Sport Drinks, Dental Health Aspects

Posted Aug 26 2008 5:03pm

Consumption of soft drinks, especially in schools recently came under scrutiny in a recent ADA House of Delegates. The debate identified numerous questions about potential general and oral health risks by children. The debate also centered about how to educate parents about risks associated and how to educate the children about the problems. Potential problems centered on not only the heavy sugar content of many of these drinks, but that some of them are carbonated and acidic in nature. There was one article reported in the California Dental Journal that linked drinking soda with a higher incidence of bone fractures in individuals with a high level of physical activity. Healthier choices recommended, especially for children are milk or water.

Another factor to be concerned about is the high sugar content in ÔÇťathletic drinks. Although these sports drinks are great for replenishing the body during strenuous activity, be aware that they are loaded with sugar. It is best to rinse with plain water if you are using them frequently.

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