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
Water 7.0 (neutral) 0
Milk 6.7 1
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
Sprite® 3.3 10
Mountain Dew 3.3 12
Diet Coke 3.1 0
Sierra Mist 3.1 10
Full Throttle Energy Drink 3 11
Diet Pepsi 3 0
Gatorade® 2.9 5
Sunkist® Orange Soda 2.9 13
Dr. Pepper 2.9 10
Vault™ Energy Soda 2.9 12
Mountain Dew AMP1 2.8 11
SoBe Energy Citrus 2.6 12
Minute Maid® Lemonade 2.6 10
Pepsi 2.5 11
Diet Schweppes Tonic Water 2.5 0
Coca-Cola Classic2 2.4 10
Battery Acid3 (just for comparison–not a drink!) 1 0