The Startling Risks of Soft Drink Consumption (A Series) – Part 8: Your Pearly Whites

When drinking soda, the teeth are bathed in sugary water which, also, contains either phosphoric or citric acid. This promotes dental caries (cavities). Dental experts continue to urge people to drink fewer soft drinks, especially between meals, to prevent tooth decay (due to the sugars) and enamel erosion (due to the acids). According to the report published in the March/April edition of General Dentistry, phosphoric acid in soda causes tooth enamel erosion, even with minimal exposure. “Drinking any type of soft drink poses risk to the health of your teeth”, said Kenton Ross, a dentist and spokesman for the Academy of General Dentistry. “My patients are shocked to hear that many of the soft drinks they consume contain nine to twelve teaspoons of sugar, and have an acidity that approaches the level of battery acid”, Ross said. (To be continued)