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Soda Pop and Your Teeth

We can not deny the popularity of soda pop in this country. The average American drinks 600 servings of pop a year. That’s a total of 45 gallons per person. Soda pop is a carbonated drink that is sweetened and is acidic. It has an average of 10 teaspoons of sugar per 12 oz drink. Here are samples of drinks that compare with soda pop. (The lower the acid number the higher acid level)



Acid Level 









 (No sugar added)0 


 Red Bull 




Mt. Dew




















 M. Maid 




 Diet Coke 




Battery Acid




The combination of the sugar and the acidity of soda pop “eats” away the hard tooth surface called the enamel. Even though diet soda pop does not have sugar, they are still bad for your teeth because of their high acid level. The acid erodes the teeth. Each drink attacks the tooth for 20 minutes. This eventually forms a hole called a cavity. Cavities are bad news. It takes time and money to fill them. Furthermore a cavity can be so large that a tooth needs a crown (cap) or even a root canal therapy. That’s not fun.

Drinking too much of these types of beverages can also contribute to other health problems such as osteoporosis and kidney stones. Soda is also a factor in the cause of overweight and obesity which is a prime risk factor for type2 diabetes.

We recommend drinking water for hydration and for your health. Just imagine, you only have one set of teeth and they have to last you a lifetime. So take care of them. Brush and floss everyday and stop drinking soda pop.

 July 1' 2009

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