What’s to blame?
Sodas/Soft drinks contain acids – citric and phosphoric – and their acidic sugar byproducts. In a two pronged attack, the acids assault your soft tooth enamel and the sugar speeds up tooth decay. Keep in mind that drinking diet or sugar-free sodas will not help matters – the acids will still attack your enamel.
As you keep gulping your favorite soft drinks regularly, your tooth enamel starts wearing away, creates a breeding ground for cavities* and leads to tooth sensitivity**. It doesn’t end there. Over time, your soft enamel slowly loses strength and different kinds of friction – such as grinding your teeth or harsh brushing – contribute to tooth loss.
The Bottom Line
Consuming sodas provides no nutritional benefits, because they are loaded with chemicals, preservatives, and strip away tooth enamel. Water is the best alternative and its free!
*The risk of cavities developing increases when your salvia’s acid level falls below a specific point. Note: Diet/regular soda has a pH level of about 2.5 while the natural pH level inside your mouth is in the 6.2-7 range
**The sharp, sudden and often mind-numbing pain you experience when you bite into an ice-cream, drink ice-cold water, eat sour or hot foods or even breathe in cold air through your mouth
Article: Harnack L, Stang J, Story M. Soft drink consumption among US children and adolescents: Nutritional consequences. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 1999;99:436-444.