In the past children used to visit their dentist only for cleaning their teeth, but things have changed and today they visit their dentist because of decay and rotting teeth. This is due to the high amount of sugar that children consume. In most cases tooth that has decay or it is rotting needs to be pulled out.
In New Zealand, a 3 year old boy consumed excessive amount of sugar and as a result of that the dentist needed to pull out 11 teeth. The dentist of the child, Dr. Rob Beaglehole, said that the boy has been consuming lots of sodas and sugars, which is first enemy for the health of the teeth.
This issue is not only in New Zealand, but also in the US. The American Heart Association released a statement which determines the quantity of sugar that needs to be consumed during one day. They claim that women should consume maximum of 6 teaspoons of sugar per day, whereas men should consume maximum of 9 teaspoons per day.
In comparison, one Coca Cola 20oz contains 15 teaspoons of sugar, so consuming one will result with doubling the allowed serving per day.
According to different research studies, average American consumes astonishing 23 teaspoons of sugar per day. This is triple the allowed and recommended amount of sugar consumption.
The Appalachia area which is between Alabama and southern New York has raised the concerns in regards to sugar consumption. In this area people drink soft drinks above the average which has raised alarming high numbers of cases with rotting teeth.
The issue is popularly known as “Mountain Dew Mouth” problem, which got the name from the popular drink which is consumed in this area.
This beverage contains citric acid which is preservative used for improvement of flavor and the shelf life of the drink. The amount found in sodas is extremely high and it results with eroding the enamel and dentin of the tooth.
You should also know that consuming excessive amount of sugar can cause serious damage to the liver and it might develop liver diseases. Also it might build insulin resistance which can lead to type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome. On the other hand high amount of sugar intake can lead to increased risk of heart attack.
Sugar is the main cause for obesity in children and adults. When consumed it causes satiety and it is highly addictive, which makes people crave for more.
In the past 30 years child obesity has tripled in adolescents, and according to official statistics from 2013, every third child and adolescent was overweight or obese.
Also the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that obese youth are more exposed to risk factors for developing cardiovascular diseases, prediabetes, bone problems, joint problems, sleep apnea, and psychological problems.
On the other hand obese adolescents and children risk to face serious health problems when they become adults. Some of the serious health problems might be strokes, osteoarthritis, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.
The New Zealand Dental Association recommend to parents to give only milk to their children in order to prevent tooth decay caused by soda.
Usually these claims by dentists have been challenged by the industry, but dentists and nutritionist always warn about these negative impacts caused by soft drinks.
Here is a video with more details in regards to the sugar-free sodas, and the consequences of it: