Your teeth are encased in enamel which protects them from the acidity in everyday food and drinks. However, when your teeth are frequently attacked by drinks with a lot of acid (like soda) the enamel can wear down and that can lead to dental erosion. So if you are drinking a lot of soda or sports drinks with a high acidity level, you are risking decay!
The chart below breaks down the acidity level of some popular drinks today. Water has a pH level of 7.0 and is neutral–no acid! The lower the pH level, the more acidic your drink is, which means it poses a high risk to your teeth. The chart is in order from best to worst. How does your favorite drink measure up?
|Drink or Substance (12 oz. serving)||Acid pH||Tsp. Sugar|
|Barq’s Root Beer||4||11|
|Minute Maid® Orange Juice||3.8||9|
|Propel® Fitness Water||3.4||1|
|Red Bull® Energy Drink||3.3||10|
|Full Throttle Energy Drink||3||11|
|Sunkist® Orange Soda||2.9||13|
|Vault™ Energy Soda||2.9||12|
|Mountain Dew AMP1||2.8||11|
|SoBe Energy Citrus||2.6||12|
|Minute Maid® Lemonade||2.6||10|
|Diet Schweppes Tonic Water||2.5||0|
|Battery Acid3 (just for comparison–not a drink!)||1||0|