Special Report: Sugary Drink Dangers
Updated: Tuesday, February 5 2013, 06:09 PM EST
It is the biggest set back in decades for dentistry.
In spite of advances in technology and education, there is no competing with patients addiction to sugary drinks.
And as News 13's Jay Silter shows us in this special "Health Alert", some of the worst beverages for your teeth may be brands you think are good for you.
"Rampant decay is about the best way to place it. You can take x-rays and you see it, lesions on the mouth and it's mostly between the teeth."
It's an epidemic that's costing people millions and millions of dollars that is preventable.
And not just from sodas, but also energy drinks and sports drinks.
What happens is, when the acid affects the teeth, the PH in the mouth drops. When the PH in the mouth drops the ability for decay goes up, meaning those teeth are now at risk for root canals or crowns in the years ahead.
Worse, yet? Leaving decay untreated can be deadly, "one of the issues would be if you had an infection and that infection got large enough, there's no stopping the infection from moving down to your heart, and you could end up dieing from an infection around the heart. Potentially, all because of too much soda or sport drinks."
Dentists say if you can't kick the habit of sodas and sports drinks, then drink them quickly.
Don't swish them in your mouth or sip on them throughout the day.
Brushing is important. But flossing may be even more critical to remove the damaging sugars and acids trapped between teeth.
By Jay Silter
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