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Would a Soda Tax Stop You from Drinking It?

Posted on 1/15/2017 by Anthony M. DiCesare
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Soda has never been good for us, and we all know that. We tend to have some now and again, or sometimes more, because it keeps us caffeinated or quenches our thirst, even though we know it is not good for us.

The acid and carbonation of the soda do a number on the teeth, so what is going to stop consumers from buying as much soda? Philadelphia has come up with a new idea they believe is going to help - enacting a soda tax.

The Point Behind the Soda Tax

Soda and energy, or sports, drinks, are considered to be one of the top sources of daily calories for teenagers and young adults in recent years, which is believed to be part of what is causing as many rising health issues as there are. In order to try and combat this, Philadelphia recently enacted a tax on soda of 1.5 cents per ounce of beverage.

This tax could not only help a wide range of people's teeth, but it could also save a significant amount of money on unnecessary health issues down the line. It was proposed in multiple cities and states across the U.S. prior to Philadelphia, but each area, for differing reasons, backed off from the tax before it actually was enacted. Now, all eyes are on Phillie to see what type of changes come from this new legislation.

If soda is your main beverage, or a significant part of what you drink each day, make sure you see your dentist at least two times each year. This is on top of flossing once a day and brushing twice a day.

That way, you can go in and see your dentist with confidence that you are doing all you can to proactively protect your teeth from your soda habit.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about sodas effect on your oral heath.

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