Picky Eater

February 22, 2009, 10:33 pm
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A severe example (although I’ve found worse pictures) of compounded acid destruction of tooth enamel and individual tooth structures due to over consumption of heavily sweetened, caffeinated, carbonated soft drinks… along with bad oral health care and hygiene habits.

Sorry to bother you with such a distasteful picture, but the truth is it’s a very common threat these days. Some parents try to limit the amount of carbonated and sugar drinks, others don’t care that much since it seems such an accepted thing to drink.

After discussing this with my dentist he said it is not only Mountain Dew, but also many other soda’s like Cola and drinks like Gatorade that form a tremendous threat to our teeth. Dentists all over the country are seeing an alarming increase in horribly decayed teeth and eroded enamel in the mouths of teen-agers and young adults. It is the combination of the 3 main ingredients: sugar-acid-caffeine that just slowly dissolves your teeth.

Sad thing is that these teeth can not be saved and will need to be extracted or replaced by crowns, or covered with veneers, a are very costly and sometimes painful process.

Parents play a big role in a) giving a good example and not consume an excessive amount of these drinks themselves and b) not buy them for their children.

Sarah grew up without juices, lemonades, and sodas, and even when she has the opportunity to drink one at a party for example she decides after 2 sips she rather wants water.

“Water is the only drink for a wise man.”
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Be well, MO


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