In February the California State Senate introduced the "Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act," the first legislation of its kind in the United States. The bill calls for warning labels on beverages containing more than 75 calories per 12 ounce serving which read: "Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay." Research has shown that the effects of sugar on the body are so dramatic and potentially damaging that the warning was suggested to inform consumers of the danger. No matter where you come down on legislating about the ill effects of sugar, the dental profession has known for a long time that sugar is very harmful to the teeth, especially if you aren't brushing and flossing properly or regularly. Plaque, a biofilm which forms on the teeth, is full of germs that love to eat sugar. The germs form acid as a byproduct which sits on your teeth and can cause cavities. In addition, taking a long time to drink a sugary beverage by sipping it over a long period of time prevents your mouth from returning to normal, neutral pH levels. (Sorry all you latte, cappuccino and frappuccino lovers!) So the next time you reach for that sugary drink, give some thought to the health of your teeth as well as the health of your body! Here are some "rules" you can follow and, although I can't enforce them legislatively, I hope you'll consider them helpful: Drink water whenever, juice just once, milk with meals, and soda - skip it.
Have a great day and don't forget to brush your teeth 2 times a day for two minutes and floss each day.
This information is not intended to diagnose or treat any dental or medical condition. If you need dental or medical attention please visit a dental or medical professional!