Ok, I know I don't normally get preachy about this stuff. My children are very particular about food, thanks to the sensory issues. My teen, however, has always been a bit of a nightmare with fizzy drinks.
And, it's come back to bite him on the Ass!
I've spent most of his teenage years trying to get him to stop drinking one form of fizzy drink or another.
He had a time of drinking loads of energy drinks, I soon managed to put a stop to that. Drinks like Pepsi, Cola etc.....they've been a more difficult to stop.
He assumed, because he was drinking the sugar free type, he was ok. I've shown him the videos of what these types of drinks will do to your teeth, lots of times!
On top of that, he's been a nightmare to get to the dentist. We recently signed up to a new dentist, and I managed to get him there. Today he had to go back to start the process of having his teeth sorted.
He was in the chair, around, 55 minutes!
He had to have cavities sorted, teeth filled and have them all cleaned. All the time I was in there with him, keeping a calming hand on him, to get him through.
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It's affected him quite badly, I think. Years of me nagging him did nothing, an hour at the dentist has finally made him realise the damage he was causing.
So please, I really mean this, stop drinking the pops! Sugar free, or otherwise, or at least limit the quantities you drink.
One day, you could be sat in the dentist chair for an hour, I think my son will tell you:
'It's not pleasant'