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Sugary drinks can cause tooth decay, too

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, February 20, 2004

I was glad to see the article in Sunday's paper titled "Soft drink debate." The increase in soft drink consumption in the U.S. not only leads to obesity and earlier-onset diabetes, but an increase in dental decay in children, teens and adults.

Many of your readers may have seen a poster titled "Got pop? Get cavities." It shows an individual with extensive cavities caused by soda pop consumption.

The dental community has seen an increase in cavities caused by pop consumption. Other high-sugar drinks, such as Gatorade, Sports Drink, Capri Sun, Sunny Delight and fruit beverages containing added sugar, also contribute to a high decay rate in the U.S.

Our schools do not need to contribute to the decay problem, and I definitely would like to see the schools stop selling pop.

Marilyn Linsell

Dental Hygienist

Juneau



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