Soda Pop and Oral Health
- Soda pop is the primary source of sugar in the American diet.
- A 12-oz. can of regular soda pop contains 40 grams of sugar, which provides about 160 calories but little nutritional value.
- An estimated 20% of 1-and 2-year olds consume about a cup a day of soft drinks.
- Teens drink three times more soda than 20 years ago, often replacing milk.
- Diet sodas actually have more acid in them than regular soda, leading to enamel erosion.
- "Sport drinks” are no safer when it comes to tooth erosion.
- Reduce soda pop consumption.
- Don’t drink soda pop before going to bed.
- Swish out your mouth with water to dilute the sugar and acid.
- Drink fluoridated water and use a fluoride toothpaste.