Drink Lots of Soda? Your Teeth May Be Aging Before Their Time

Posted: May 31st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Drinking canned soda—even diet soda—can cause your teeth to look older than they are by eroding the hard enamel layer with phosphoric acid and staining them with the artificial colorings.

But worse yet, some scientists think too much soda can potentially play a role in tooth loss by weakening your jawbone.

Canned soft drinks contain high amounts of phosphorus, a mineral that can leach calcium from your bones. This can lead to osteoporosis, a condition that makes bones brittle, frail, and susceptible to fracture.

How does this affect your teeth? Your jaws are made of bone, and as your bones weaken from insufficient calcium, their grasp on your teeth becomes weak. Eventually your teeth loosen and fall out.

Drinking soda in place of milk can have serious consequences for your bones. Americans today drink 70% more soda than they did in the early 1980s, often at the expense of other, more healthful beverage choices. Without drinking milk, it can be difficult to get the 1000-plus milligrams of calcium you need each day.

So next time you're thirsty, reach for a glass of low fat milk instead of a soda. This will strengthen your bones and teeth and go a long way to insuring that your natural smile lasts a lifetime.

Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter

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