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