It's called "pop" in the Midwest and most of Canada. It's "soda" in the Northeast. And it goes by a well-known brand name in much of the South.
People across North America use different words to identify a sugary, carbonated soft drink. But however they say it, they're talking about something that can cause serious oral health problems.
Soft drinks have emerged as one of the most significant dietary sources of tooth decay, affecting people of all ages. Acids and acidic sugar byproducts in soft drinks soften tooth enamel, contributing to the formation of cavities.
In extreme cases, softer enamel combined with improper brushing, grinding of the teeth or other conditions can lead to tooth loss.
Sugar-free drinks, which account for only 14 percent of all soft drink consumption, are less harmful1. However, they are acidic and potentially can still cause problems.
Summer is upon us! It's prime time for picnics, playing outdoors and barbecues galore. It's an ideal time for healthy living and exercise, as well as a great time to think of healthy little teeth. Here are some of our favorite options in any Summer scenario that will guide healthy choices for your child's smile.
On The Go - Fruit pouches are convenient to pack for an on-the-go lunch, but opt for a piece of whole fruit instead - it provides a sweet treat without added sugars and preservatives.
Thirst-Quenchers - The sugar in sports drinks can cause decay and cavities between little teeth, so to quench your child's thirst after a day of playing outside in the sun, reach for tap water instead.
Salty Snacks - Potato chips are a picnic classic, but the starch in potatoes can get stuck between teeth. Crackers and pretzels made with whole-grains provid...