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Health Benefits of Cutting Soda Out of Your Diet

Boy with sodaIt’s no secret that soda is bad for both your body and your oral health. Soda contains no nutrients and is full of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. In fact, the average 12oz can of soda contains around 10 teaspoons of sugar! This amount of sugar can increase your likelihood of suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes, and becoming overweight.

In addition to all of these health problems, the acidity and sugar contained in soda can cause all sorts of problems for your dental health. Sodas have been shown to weaken the tooth enamel, and cause dental cavities, tooth decay, and sensitive teeth.

Reasons to Quit Soda

Below are just a few of the many health benefits of choosing to cut soda from your diet:

  • Digestive Health – Soda has been shown to cause or worsen digestive problems such as bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, and diarrhea. Cutting out soda and other parts of your diet that contain a lot of sugar or high-fructose corn syrup can help to improve your digestive health.
  • Weight Loss – There is a growing obesity epidemic in this country and much of it has been attributed to high-fructose corn syrup. Cutting out soda, which contains high amounts of high-fructose corn syrup, can contribute to weight loss efforts.
  • Oral Health – Lastly, the sugar and acidic nature of soda can strip and weaken your tooth enamel. In addition, soda can also stain your teeth, making them appear dull and yellow. Cutting out soda is a great way to start improving your oral health.

If you drink lots of soda, it might be a good idea to make an appointment to have your teeth checked out. If you do choose to drink soda, it’s especially important to practice good oral hygiene. This means brushing at least twice a day, flossing every day, and visiting Dr. Behnaz Raisdana every six months for a dental cleaning and a checkup.

To make your appointment, please contact Auburn Family Dental located here in beautiful Wichita, Kansas.

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