My son is 25 and studying for a PhD. He has at least 13 cavities that all require fillings. Every dentist and dental hygienist has warned him to stop drinking ANY soft and sugary drinks.
But he still drinks a bottle (500 mL) of Coke or Pepsi every day. When we ask him why he still drinks soft drinks, he accepts all the science and advice, but counters that:
he needs something sweet to drink when thirsty. Water and tea aren’t.
Coke or Pepsi tastes exceptionally good.
I can’t control his apparent addiction to these sugary beverages, which overcome his attempts to care about his teeth.
We’ve tried everything beneath, but nothing has swayed him.
- Throwing out any such beverage that we see. But then he buys more.
- Cold Turkey
- Change of Environment
- Hacking the habit loop (in soda, people get three things: bubbles, a sweet treat, and caffeine. Finding all three in a beverage other than soda is tricky.)
He doesn’t live with me, is financially independent, and not working full-time now.