Tooth decay and sugary soft drinks are in the news again. On June 9, 2015 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that will require warning labels on advertisements for soda and other drinks. The labels will warn about the contribution these beverages have to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. Here is the link to the CNN news article and more information: http//money.cnn.com/2015/6/10/news/san-francisco-soda-warning/index.html?iid=SF LN
As a side note, I always recommend to patients to minimize the consumption of sugary and/or acidic beverages. Excessive consumption of beverages with sugary and/or acidic contents, can contribute as well as hasten the development of tooth decay and enamel erosion. It is always wise to swish with plenty of water after consuming any sugary or acidic beverage (this goes for food products as well). Thorough swishing with water will help dilute the sugar or acid remaining on the teeth and thus help minimize the potential damaging effects. Put this tip into practice, particularly in situation when you are on the move and a toothbrush is not handy.
Thanks for reading,
Richard K Dimsdale, DDS