Moutain Dew and other sugary drinks are the prime culprit for most of the early decay and tooth loss we see here at McCall Dentures. Not only does excessive soda drinking leads to both obesity and diabetes, but we are noticing an alarmingly high rate of tooth decay (across all age groups) from sugary, caffeinated drinks.
Processed drinks such as mountain dew contain a sweetener and natural or artificial flavors. The sweetener is typically either sugar or high fructose corn syrup or sugar substitutes which can be extremely harmful to teeth.
Similar to Meth Mouth
Excessive Mountain Dew has been compared to meth mouth, by NPR, due to substantial rate of tooth decay. In combination with tobacco usage, we see a lot of plaque formation and bone loss combined with Mountain Dew usage.
“Citric acid, a preservative that enhances flavor and shelf life in soda, is the main culprit. It erodes the enamel and eventually the dentin — the core of the tooth. As we’ve reported before, energy drinks and citrus juices also have a lot of citric acid, though beverage companies aren’t required to disclose exactly how much on drink labels.”
If you drink a large amount of sugary soda or energy drinks and have tooth loss or any type of dental pain, please contact us today. We can help.