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General Health Topics - Dr. Michael Dagostino, D.D.S.

General Health News

Effects of Soda Pop

As many patients are keenly aware, we are strongly opposed to soda pop because of its ability to destroy teeth.

The August 2004, edition of the American Medical Association gives more reasons to stop buying this insidious liquid. “Sugar sweetened soft drinks constitute 7.1% of total energy intake and represent the largest single food source of calories in the U.S. diet. Coincidently or not, the rise of obesity and type 2 diabetes parallels the increase in soft drink consumption. One study states the odds ratio of becoming obese increases 1.6 times for each additional soft drink consumed per day.

Most people are unaware that there is the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar in one 12oz can of soda.

Keep this in mind the next time you go to buy a 12 pack or 2 liter of soda pop.

Breastfeeding versus Bottle-Feeding

There exists a huge volume of scientific literature that relates dental, maxillofacial developmental malformations occurring as a function of infants being bottle-fed. The problem with bottle-feeding is that the infant will not develop a proper swallowing pattern, thereby preventing the tongue from properly developing the maxilla (upper jaw). During the feeding the child will bring its tongue forward and against the nipple of the bottle to allow the child to swallow the formula. This often results in a tongue thrust, which is deleterious to normal growth and development. Untreated a tongue thrust can lead to an open bite (front teeth don’t touch), and or a very narrow upper jaw.

Breastfeeding is beneficial to the infant in countless ways, see www.laleche.com . Of significant dental importance is the proper development of the maxillo-facial skeleton. Be cognizant that when breastfeeding, the infant should be held vertically, not horizontally, or the child can develop the same improper swallowing pattern.



 

 

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Dr. Michael Dagostino, D.D.S.
6887 Ridge Road
Parma, Ohio 44129
Telephone: (440) 842-2171

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