Infographic: How Much Sugar is in Your Drink?
“A dynamic relation exists between sugars and oral health. Diet affects the integrity of the teeth; quantity, pH, and composition of the saliva; and plaque pH. Sugars and other fermentable carbohydrates, after being hydrolyzed by salivary amylase, provide substrate for the actions of oral bacteria, which in turn lower plaque and salivary pH. The resultant action is the beginning of tooth demineralization. Consumed sugars are naturally occurring or are added.” – From the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
In other words, the sugars contained in the food and drinks you consume,contribute to tooth decay. “Tooth decay happens when plaque come into contact with sugar in the mouth, causing acid to attack the teeth.” – MouthHealthy.org
Here is an infographic from My Kid’s Dentist, a Smile Generation-approved office, showing exactly how much sugar is in some commonly consumed beverages.