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.
SUGAR and ACID = DOUBLE TROUBLE
|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 (R) Orange Juice||3.8||9 tsp|
|Propel (R) Fitness Water||3.4||1 tsp|
|Red Bull (R)||3.3||10 tsp|
|Sprite (R)||3.3||10 tsp|
|Mountain Dew (R)||3.3||12 tsp|
|Diet Coke (R)||3.1||0 tsp|
|Full Throttle Energy Drink||3.0||11 tsp|
|Diet Pepsi (R)||3.0||0 tsp|
|Gatorade (R)||2.9||5 tsp|
|Sunkist (R) Orange Soda||2.9||13 tsp|
|Dr. Pepper (R)||2.9||10 tsp|
|Vault Energy Soda||2.9||12 tsp|
|Amp—Mountain Dew (R)||2.8||11 tsp|
|SoBe (R) Energy Citrus||2.6||12 tsp|
|Minute Maid (R) Lemonade||2.6||10 tsp|
|Pepsi (R)||2.5||11 tsp|
|Diet Schweppes Tonic Water||2.5||0 tsp|
|Coca-Cola (R) Classic||2.4||10 tsp|
|Battery Acid||1.0||0 tsp|