What does soda do to your teeth?
Some people may wonder if there are any effects of soda on teeth. Here is what we know -- any food or beverage that contains sugar and is acidic, like soft drinks, can contribute to tooth decay or dental erosion, particularly if you have it often. It’s important not to have them all the time. And if you do, brush your teeth regularly.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends “…limiting between meal sipping and snacking on sugary beverages and foods. If you must eat a sugary food or drink, consume it with a meal. Drink fluoridated water. Practice good dental health hygiene by brushing for two minutes twice a day with ADA-Accepted fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, eating a healthy diet and visiting your dentist regularly.”
Is diet soda bad for your teeth?
While diet soda may not have sugar, it is acidic. This can contribute to tooth decay and erosion, particularly if you have it often. If you are concerned about tooth decay or dental erosion, we have other options like unsweetened organic tea and waters.
Just remember: No matter what you choose, we recommend brushing your teeth regularly and practicing good dental hygiene.
Please consult with your dentist if you have additional questions.
Is soda acidic?
You might be wondering about the pH of Coca-Cola or pH of Diet Coke. Soft drinks, in general, range along the pH scale anywhere from 2 to 5.
How acidic is soda and your other beverages?
Our variety of drinks range in acidity.
For a quick comparison, check out this table. It includes a few examples of beverages and common household items and their typical pH values.
pH is a measure of how acidic water-based substances are. It runs on a scale from 0 to 14.
- 0 to 6 being the most acidic
- 7 being neutral
- 8 to 14 being the most alkaline
- Regular black coffee has a pH of 5
- Black tea has an average pH of 5, green tea is between 7 and 10, and lemon is about 3
- Apple juice and other juices like cranberry, lemon and orange can range in pH, approximately 2 to 4
- Soft drinks, in general, range along the pH scale anywhere from 2 to 5
Should I avoid acidic foods and drinks?
It’s ok to have foods and drinks that might be acidic, but it’s important not to have them all the time. Here’s what we know: Any food or beverage that is acidic can contribute to tooth decay or dental erosion, particularly if you have it often. It’s important not to have them all the time. And if you do, brush your teeth regularly.
Acidic foods and drinks may also trigger acid reflux, which can lead to heartburn. Should you experience either, please consult with your doctor.
- American Dental Association: American Dental Association encouraged by soda makers’ pledge to promote smaller sizes, less sugar
- Journal of the American Dental Association: The pH of beverages in the United States
- MouthHealthy: Diet and dental health (an American Dental Association site)