Mayor Bloomberg’s recent announcement that he aims to ban the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces throughout New York City sparked a nationwide controversy as people questioned whether he was going a step too far in the fight against obesity.
While a majority of New Yorkers disagree with the ban, the American Dental Association applauded the Mayor for his bold action.
The ADA has long been an active opponent to soda consumption. In 2000, it opposed contractual agreements between schools and soda manufacturers that influence consumption patterns and promote increased access to soft drinks for students.
Sugary beverages and foods can lead to a multitude of dental problems, like cavities and gum disease, which could otherwise be prevented by practicing a healthier diet. As more children consume more soda throughout the day, it is crucial that we start to cut back on foods and habits that are harmful to our oral health.