It’s called “pop” in the Midwest and most of Canada. It’s “soda” in the Northeast. And it goes by a well-known brand name in much of the South.
Pop is double trouble for teeth. It is not just sugar that’s bad for teeth, but the acids included in many popular drinks “eat” away enamel. The PH of regular and diet pops range from 2.47 – 3.35. The PH in our mouth is about 6.2 – 7.0. At a PH of 5.2 – 5.5 or below acids will dissolve the hard enamel of our teeth.
What To Do
- Reduce consumption to one can per day
- Substitute healthier drinks
- Rinse with water after consuming pop to neutralize acids
- Drink through a straw
- Use a fluoride toothpaste and mouthrinse to strengthen enamel