What’s Eating Your Teeth?

There are plenty of alternatives to soda — such as juices, flavored waters, teas and energy drinks — but swapping soda for another “healthier” beverage may not do the trick when it comes to dental health. The American Dental Association purchased 379 beverages and tested the pH level of each. Thirty-nine percent of the beverages tested had a pH of less than 3.0 and were considered extremely erosive, and 54 percent were considered erosive at a pH of 3.0 to 3.99. The majority of consumers purchasing these beverages are young people, who will feel the negative effects of this dental erosion for years.