Sugar isn’t the only reason that soft drinks are anything but soft on your teeth.
Soda pop and energy drinks are also incredibly acidic, eroding tooth enamel practically on contact.
Check out this table that my biological dentist, Dr. Michelle Jorgenson, uses to show how much of your tooth is lost in 14 days of exposure to Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and others:
If it dissolves hard enamel, what is it doing to vulnerable soft tissues and organs?
Dr. Jorgenson included some other drinks, like tea and coffee, for comparison.
Remember – a neutral pH is 7.0. So, the lower the pH, the more acidic the drink is, by a factor of 10.
For instance, a pH of 5 is 10 times more acidic than a pH of 6, and 100 times more acidic than a pH of 7.
Diet Dr. Pepper, then, at a pH of 2.99, is 10,000 times more acidic than neutral! And some soft drinks are even worse.
The dentin in your enamel begins eroding at a pH of 6.5 (and the enamel itself at 5.5), so avoiding acidity in your mouth is crucial for protecting your teeth.
Which Drinks Are Hardest On Tooth Enamel?
Check out Dr. Jorgenson’s table on which beverages dissolve teeth, and then read some of her other tips for preserving tooth enamel…
Note that even tap water is generally more acidic than neutral, which is why I drink and brush with alkaline water.
How To Protect Your Tooth Enamel
The double-whammy of sugar and acids in soft drinks and other beverages is devastating to your teeth.
Dr. Jorgenson has some tips for protecting your family’s tooth enamel, even if you can’t kick the soda habit or stop eating sugar:
- Limit your soda and sugar intake to only once in a 24-hour period, and all in one sitting, because the worst thing you can do is eat it throughout the day. (I agree: then your body constantly has the strain of having to neutralize those acids and pump insulin, etc.)
- Brush and floss thoroughly after having soda, sugar, and other highly acidic foods.
- Brush your child’s teeth from behind, putting your hand under the chin and pulling their head back–much like the dentist does, because you can see in the mouth and reach all the surfaces that way.
- Gently put baking soda on your teeth and swish it in your mouth for as long as you can before rinsing, for alkalinity. (Don’t brush with it, though, as it is abrasive on your teeth.)
- Whitening and tartar-control toothpastes are terribly hard on your teeth. The chemically-achieved slippery “feeling” of clean, and the minty taste, give you a false sense of security about your teeth actually being clean.
The health of your teeth and gums is foundational to the health of your whole body! Holistic or “biological” dentists like Dr. Jorgenson understand that, and they treat your mouth as part of the whole “you.”
This course is 12 videos by Dr. Jorgenson and me, teaching you everything that biological dentists would share with you, about which products to use (and avoid), DIY tips for caring for your dental health at home, how to find the best biological dentist near you, what diagnostics and treatment options you have instead of metal fillings and root canals, and much more.