Hard Facts

Hard Facts About Soft Drinks

*A bottle of soda pop in the 50’s was 6.5 ounces. Today, a 12-ounce can is standard and a 20-ounce bottle is common.

*Larger container sizes mean more calories, more sugar and more acid in a single serving. A 64-ounce “Big Cup” has more than five cans of soda pop in a single serving!

*There is no nutritional value in soft drinks. In regular soda pop all of the calories come from sugar.

*In addition to cavities, heavy soda pop consumption has been linked to diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis.

*One-fifth of all one- and two-year-old children drink soda pop.

*Today, teens drink three times more soda pop than 20 years ago, often replacing milk.

*Soft drink companies pay high schools and middle schools big bucks to offer their products.

*Dental  Sealants only protect tooth chewing surfaces. Soda pop decay tends to occur where sealants can’t reach.

How You Get Cavities

*Sugar  in soda pop combines with bacteria in your mouth to form acid.

*Diet or “sugar-free” soda pop contains its own acid.

*Acid in soft drinks, whether they contain sugar or not, is the primary cause of weakening tooth enamel.

*The acid attacks your teeth. Each acid attack lasts about 20 minutes.

*Ongoing acid attacks weaken your tooth enamel.

*Bacteria in your mouth cause cavities when tooth enamel is damaged

*If you have a receding gum line, acid does more damage below the gum line than above it. This is particularly a concern for adults.

What You Can Do

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*Drink soft drinks in moderation.

*Don’t sip for extended periods of time. Ongoing sipping prolongs sugar and acid attacks on your teeth.

*Use a straw to keep the sugar away from your teeth.

*After drinking, swish your mouth out with water to dilute the sugar.

*Never drink soda pop or juice before bedtime because the liquid pools in your mouth and coats your tongue and teeth with sugar and acid.

*Read labels. Regular soda pop is high in sugar. And diet or “sugar-free” soda pop is high in acid. Sugar and acid are both bad for your teeth.

*Drink water instead of soft drinks. It has no sugar, no acid and no calories.

*Get regular checkups and cleanings to remove bacteria buildup (plaque). Floss, too.

*Use a fluoride toothpaste to protect your teeth.


Acid* Low = BadSugar** Per 12 oz serving
Pure Water7.0 (neutral)0 tsp
Barq’s Root Beer4.011 tsp
Minute Maid (R) Orange Juice3.89 tsp
Propel (R) Fitness Water3.41 tsp
Red Bull (R)3.310 tsp
Sprite (R)3.310 tsp
Mountain Dew (R)3.312 tsp
Diet Coke (R)3.10 tsp
Full Throttle Energy Drink3.011 tsp
Diet Pepsi (R)3.00 tsp
Gatorade (R)2.95 tsp
Sunkist (R) Orange Soda2.913 tsp
Dr. Pepper (R)2.910 tsp
Vault Energy Soda2.912 tsp
Amp—Mountain Dew (R)2.811 tsp
SoBe (R) Energy Citrus2.612 tsp
Minute Maid (R) Lemonade2.610 tsp
Pepsi (R)2.511 tsp
Diet Schweppes Tonic Water2.50 tsp
Coca-Cola (R) Classic2.410 tsp
Battery Acid1.00 tsp
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