Soft drinks and sports drinks

Published on January 22, 2014 by

Soft drinks and sports drinks

What are the consequences of consuming these beverages? They taste good, are common in our society, but the truth is they are designed to destroy teeth.

Acidic and sugary drinks cause tooth erosion and dental decay. Acid causes dental erosion where the outer layer of the tooth (enamel) begins to dissolve. The sugar in these drinks feed bacteria which causes dental decay. Decay begins where the tooth has already been weakened by the acid exposure. Each sip results in about a twenty minute attack of your teeth.

Reducing your risk for tooth decay:
• Limit the amount of acidic drinks
• Avoid sipping acidic drinks and use a straw
• Drink water especially right after acidic drink
• Do not drink pop or juice before bedtime because your salivary flow decreases at night
• Chew gum with Xylitol
• Use fluoridated toothpaste
• Get regular checkups at your dental office

Listed below is a chart of these damaging properties with respect to specific beverages:

(Alkalinity and acidity are measured on a pH scale. The lower the pH the more acidic a substance is.)

Drink or Substance (12 oz. serving) Acid pH Tsp. Sugar
Water 7.0 (neutral) 0
Milk 6.7 1
Barq’s Root Beer 4 11
Minute Maid® Orange Juice 3.8 9
Propel® Fitness Water 3.4 1
Red Bull® Energy Drink 3.3 10
Sprite® 3.3 10
Mountain Dew 3.3 12
Diet Coke 3.1 0
Sierra Mist 3.1 10
Full Throttle Energy Drink 3 11
Diet Pepsi 3 0
Gatorade® 2.9 5
Sunkist® Orange Soda 2.9 13
Dr. Pepper 2.9 10
Vault™ Energy Soda 2.9 12
Mountain Dew AMP1 2.8 11
SoBe Energy Citrus 2.6 12
Minute Maid® Lemonade 2.6 10
Pepsi 2.5 11
Diet Schweppes Tonic Water 2.5 0
Coca-Cola Classic2 2.4 10
Battery Acid3 1 0

Indiana Dental Association, . The Unsweetened Truth. 2012. Photograph. Drinks Destroy TeethWeb. 22 Jan 2014. <http://drinksdestroyteeth.org/?p=129>.

 

 

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