Damaging Dental Effects of Soda - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/11/04

Damaging Dental Effects of Soda

New research may have you thinking twice before you pop open another can of soda. Dental researchers have discovered that carbonated beverages contain additives that can wear away tooth enamel.

Flavored sodas and canned iced teas were actually the biggest tooth culprits, and a second study adds to the evidence that sodas and other sugary drinks can increase the risk of Diabetes.

The study of more than 90,000 women found those who drank at least one sugar-sweetened soda a day were 85% more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes than those who drank less. Researchers note that sodas calories and high amount of sugar add on extra pounds that raise the risk of Diabetes. While the study focused on women, health experts say the findings apply to both sexes.

"I don't think this is a situation that's gender related as it is a simple equation between the number of calories you take in and those you burn, within a standard 8, 10, 20 ounce of soda, there are up to 150 to 200 calories," said Dr. Vincent Dennis from the Cleveland Clinic.

The carbonated beverage teeth story was conducted by Dr. J. Anthony Von Fraunhofer, a professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Maryland at Baltimore and published in General Dentistry.

The soda-Diabetes study was conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and was presented at the American Diabetes Association meeting.

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