Sipping All Day, Results in Decay
Soda is no longer an occasional treat. It has become a daily habit for a growing number of people, especially teens and young adults. A steady diet of soda is the leading cause of tooth decay.
How do you get cavities?
- Sugar in soda combines with the bacteria in your mouth to form acid.
- Diet or “sugar-free” sodas contain their own acid.
- The acid attacks your teeth. Each attack lasts about 20 minutes.
- The ongoing acid attack weakens your tooth enamel.
- Bacteria in your mouth cause cavities in the weakened areas of your teeth.
How to reduce decay?
- Drink soda in moderation.
- Drink water. It has no sugar, no acid and no calories.
- Use a straw to keep the soda away from your teeth.
- After drinking soda, rinse your mouth out to dilute the sugar.
- Use fluoride toothpaste to protect your teeth.
The hard facts about soda:
- There is no nutritional value in soda. In regular soda all of the calories come from sugar.
- Today, teens drink three times more soda than 20 years ago, often replacing milk.
- Sealants only protect tooth chewing surfaces. Soda decay occurs where sealants can’t reach.
- In addition to cavities, heavy soda consumption has been linked to diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis.
Acid (Low = Bad) Sugar Per 12 oz. serving
- Pure water 7.0 (neutral) 0 tsp.
- Barq’s Root Beer 4.0 11 tsp.
- Minute Maid OJ 3.8 9 tsp.
- Red Bull 3.3 10 tsp.
- Diet Coke 3.1 0 tsp.
- Diet Pepsi 3.0 0 tsp.
- Gatorade 2.9 5 tsp.
- Pepsi 2.5 11 tsp.
- Coke 2.4 10 tsp.
- Battery Acid 1.0 0 tsp.
Source: Minnesota Dental Association, 2002.