We all know that fizzy drinks should be consumed in moderation, but recent research indicates that they may be even more hazardous to our health than previously thought. Here’s why you should consider cutting sugary drinks out altogether. 
Sugary drinks increase the risk of death from all causes 
A new study of more than 450,000 Europeans has revealed that those who consume more than two soft drinks a day are at a higher risk of dying from heart disease, bowel disease, and strokes. Researchers studied people in 10 European countries between 1992 and 2018 and found positive associations between soft drink consumption and deaths from a variety of causes. The correlation was true for both full sugar drinks and artificially sweetened diet drinks, so the bad news is that switching to “diet” variants doesn’t seem to help. 
Sugary drinks negatively impact oral health 
If you think brushing twice a day cancels out any negative effects from consuming too much sugar; think again. A study of elite athletes found that nearly half had untreated tooth decay despite brushing and flossing more diligently than the general population. Researchers concluded that this was because the athletes regularly consumed sports drinks, energy bars, and energy gels – sugar laden substances that were rotting their teeth. 
How to keep your health in check 
For peak oral and general health, cutting out sodas and other sugary drinks in favour of plain still water is the most tooth-friendly option. You should also aim to: 
• Brush with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day (once as soon as you wake up and once before you go to bed) and clean between your teeth with floss or brushes at least once per day. 
• Replace your toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every three months (sooner if the bristles are starting to look worn or frayed). 
• Maintain twice yearly dentist and hygienist check-ups. The friendly team at Park Dental Care can give you advice on the best ways to keep your teeth and gums in excellent condition. 
• Drink water throughout the day – water washes away leftover food particles and bacteria that can develop into cavities. It helps to prevent dry mouth, and water that contains fluoride actively strengthens teeth. 
• Eat a healthy, balanced diet that’s low in sugar and contains minimal processed foods. 
Keeping regular dental appointments and maintaining an effective oral hygiene routine is the best way to keep your oral health in check. To make your next appointment with one of the professional team at Park Dental Care, give us a call today. 
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