NYC Drink BanWe all know that brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist are very important in order to maintain good oral health. Unfortunately, many Americans are consuming large quantities of big sugary drinks, which can cause some serious dental problems. The proposed ban on the sale of big sugary drinks has become a hot button issue for consumers in New York City. Some say this proposal went a little too far. However, the issue came to a screeching halt earlier this month when a judge stopped the proposed ban before it went into effect. Obesity is a concern… but what kind of damage can these sugary drinks do to your teeth?

Many carbonated drinks contain over 11 teaspoons of sugar (per 12 ounce can). But, it’s not the sugar content that’s so dangerous. It’s the acids that eat away at the enamel, making a person more prone to tooth decay and dental enamel erosion. Mix those acids with sugar converted into acid by bacteria in the mouth… and you’ve got a recipe for dental disaster.

What about diet soda? Some people may think that diet sodas are better because they don’t contain sugar, but they do have the same acids and can still cause some serious damage.

If you must drink soda:

  • Limit your intake to one per day with a meal
  • Rinse your mouth with water after
  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste and rinse with water