Sugar consumption is a major influence on the deteriorating condition of the teeth and unfortunately this phenomenon often occurs in children. A 3 year old child in New Zealand has undergone surgery revocation of 11 teeth and this phenomenal case was caused by bad habits in consuming sippy cup with soda.
The American Heart Association has made a recommendation that women should consume less than six teaspoons of sugar per day and men should consume less than 9 teaspoons of sugar every day. We must realize that most food products in circulation today contain excessive amounts of sugar.
We can take Coca-Cola as an example. The soft drink contains 15 teaspoons of sugar in a 20 oz! This means that one glass of Coca-Cola exceeded the recommended daily amount.
In general, most of the US population consume 23 teaspoons of sugar encouraging an increase in cases of diabetes and dental disease in the country.
Appalachia, the area located between New York and Alabama, has a sugar related problem and this problem is caused by Mountain Dew Mouth, a popular drink in the area.
Citric acid is a popular beverage preservative and unfortunately the use of citric acid leads to acid erosion of enamel and dentin as the core of the tooth. Most energy drink products contain citric acid in excessive amounts.
Other health risks
Sugar is able to force the liver to work excessively and will ultimately lead to insulin resistance as a major cause of diabetes type 2, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome. Some experts also associate too much sugar as a cancer causing factor.
Sugar consumption has become a worrisome thing related to the fact that the population of obese children has doubled in the last 30 years. In 2012, one third of children and adolescents in the United States are obese.
The health effects of obesity are associated with long-term effects. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, youth with obesity tend to develop a variety of diseases, such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, bone pain, sleep apnea, and various psychological problems.
New Zealand’s Dental Association recommends New Zealand parents to prevent their children from the dangers of soft drinks. If you’re curious about how to avoid excessive sugar consumption then you can see the video below.