Rethink Your Drink: Six Dangers of Drinking Diet Soda

unhealthy diet soda and effects of soda on teeth

It looks good. And, it tastes good, especially on a hot summer day, but drinking soda is bad for your health.  It doesn’t matter what brand you drink or if it is diet or made with real sugar. They all come with related risks.

While diet soda may seem like a better option, a recent article in Prevention Magazine reinforced some of the surprising consequences drinking it can bring.

Depression – the American Academy of Neurology says that if you have more than four cans of soda a day you are 30% more likely to feel depressed.

Metabolic Syndrome – this is a group of symptoms including high cholesterol and belly fat that put you at risk for heart disease and other health challenges.

Kidney Decline – a Harvard Medical School study says drinking soda daily can double your risk of impaired kidney function.

Acid Reflux – Combining the acidity of cola with the bubbles in carbonation can be hard on your digestive system.

Stroke and Heart Attack – your risk increases 43% when you drink more than one soda a day.

Tooth Erosion – Both acidity and carbonation put your teeth at risk. Soda can eat away at tooth enamel and cause cavities. When an extracted tooth is soaked in soda for a few days it comes out damaged and almost black. No one wants that.

If you are a soda drinker, we encourage you to think carefully before your next drink. Cutting back or giving up soda may be much better for your health.

Knoxville Family and Sedation Dentistry (865) 922-1613

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We Can Prevent Diabetes

Diabetes is an ugly disease.  It can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, and amputations.  No one wants that.

The CDC and American Diabetes Association say that diabetes can be prevented or delayed with their Small Steps – Big Rewards program.  Studies show that losing just 5-7% of your body weight, if you are overweight, can really make a difference.  They recommend doing this by:

  • Exercising moderately 30 minutes 5 times per week
  • Eating a diet based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and lean meats.

We would add brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly to the list.  Scientists have found that problems with your teeth and gums are linked to diabetes and heart disease.

If you are in the Knoxville, TN area and would like to prevent diabetes by taking care of your dental health, call us at (865) 922-1613 for an appointment.