Why Kids Need To Drink Less PopWhy Kids Need To Drink Less Pop

Almost everyone is aware that America is quickly becoming a fast food nation. We live busier lives than we used to, and sometimes cooking a meal can seem like too much work. It's a lot easier to go through the drive through and pick up meals for the family than to go home, cook, and clean up. One of the key additions to every fast food combination meal is soda, and studies have shown that, on average, American families will get take out at least twice a week.

In addition to those twice a week meals, American families are drinking more soda on average than ever before. It's the beverage of choice when kids get their own snack money, and it's what we all reach for when it's time for a television or movie. But that soda is doing a lot of damage to our bodies, at almost every step. It's bad for our brains, our bones, our digestive system and, not least of all, our teeth.

The problem of tooth decay is rapidly reaching panic levels here in the United States of America. The really bad news for parents is that more and more dentists are seeing children for whom tooth decay is a problem at a very early age. This is because of the sheer convenience and availability of soda along with other mouth unfriendly snacks including high-sugar candy and candy bars. These seem like natural treats to give your children, but the fact is you are doing them a lot more harm than you might realize by allowing them to drink an abundance of soda.

When anyone drinks a soda - and this includes children - a layer of sugar is basically poured over the mouth. This sugar reacts with certain compounds in your mouth and forms acid, which begins to eat away at the enamel of the teeth. That acid isn't only reacting as your child drinks the soda, either. Rather, the acid continues to attack the teeth for up to twenty minutes after your child has finished drinking it. Since the acid starts to work as soon as the first drink is taken, if your child is a sipper this means she can have acid attacking her teeth for an hour or more. And finally, in addition to the acid formed in the mouth, acid is also an ingredient in soda itself, as you can see if you check out the labels.

The consumption of too much soda has both long and short term consequences for your child's mouth. First of all, her teeth will likely become more sensitive. The reactions will sensitize her gums and may cause bleeding. As more and more soda is consumed, the wearing effect builds up. Eventually cavities are formed, and teeth begin to rot from the outside.

And don't think that your child's teeth will fall out and she will get a new set. That acid is affecting the new teeth as they form as well. So, curing your child of a soda habit now will mean she avoids becoming addicted to this orally harmful beverage in the future.
by John Ramallo
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Oral health in the USA is in decline, and WV is no exception. Smile West Virginia is a leading online presence in promoting good oral hygiene in West Virginia through quality content and resources found on their site. One of their top priorities is getting kids off of soda. They also boast an extensive directory of oral health care providers in West Virginia. Visit them to find a dentist in your area today.
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