Soda Versus Our Teeth


Posted on 11/25/2019 by Roberta Cerveny, DDS
Soda Versus Our TeethThere are many people who are still curious about the effect's soda has on their teeth. If you find yourself filling up a big gulp at the local 7/11, don't feel ashamed.

Many drinks contain acidic properties, it's not just soft drinks that can lead to tooth decay and gum issues. It's important to limit the amount of soda you drink and when you consume it to better protect your teeth. Here are some scientific facts and tips to point you in the right direction. 

Your Teeth and pH Acid

The pH scale goes from 1 to 14, 1 being the most acidic, 14 being the most alkaline, and 7 being neutral (like most water). A pH of 5.5 is an important pH level for teeth because the teeth begin to dissolve or break down at a pH in the mouth below 5.5. Most sodas range from a pH level of 2.5 to 4.75. Coffee and tea hoover between a pH of 4 to 7.5. Safer than soda but can stain your teeth.

Wine has a pH of 3-4. Your fruit juices come in around a pH of 4. As you can see, the pH levels below 5.5 are acidic to the teeth. You are better off with coffee or tea if you are seeking caffeine as they range just slightly above the teeth's acidic breaking point. Water is your best choice, but this gives you an idea of how they are for your teeth.

Tips When Choosing to Consume Soda

Ideally, you should remove soda from your regular diet. If you decide you aren't going to give up your favorite sugary foods or drinks, have them with your meal. Following eating or drinking, remember to drink fluoridated water. Most people forget tap water is fluorinated.

We also suggest that you follow a good dental health care routine by brushing for approximately two minutes two times per day with an ADA approved toothpaste, while flossing daily and using an approved mouthwash. It is also highly recommended that you eat a good diet to help promote good oral health. By visiting our office regularly, we can watch for weak spots in your teeth.

We hope this gives you some insight into sodas effect on your teeth and helps you moderate more or consume at a better time. For more information or to have your teeth checked, call us today to get scheduled for an appointment. We are happy to assist in your oral health care. 

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