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Last fall, the Chicago Dental Society turned its newspaper journalism contest into a blogging contest open to any high school student in Cook, Lake or DuPage County who answered the question, "Is Soda Just Liquid Candy?"

Full details on how to enter are posted to our contest Web page. Deadline for entries is February 1, 2010.

This entry is by Matt B.

Ask the normal high school teen what their favorite drink is and the response that most teens will retort is something along the lines of Pepsi, or Dr. Pepper. Essential drinks like orange juice and milk are usually totally ignored and replaced by drinks like Pepsi which offer no nutritional value. Soda drinks are high in sugar and calories, and in many cases can cause people, especially teens, to become dependant on these. These drinks are loaded with caffiene and in extreme cases lead to kids drinking a whole 12 pack of soda every day. Oral problems like cavities and other things lead to a higher percentage of root canals, crowns, and bridges, due to this constant influx of sugar. If these drinks are substituted for a much healthier choice like milk, oral problems would decrease dramatically along with better lifestyles for teens.