Soft Drink Dangers


As the weather turns warmer, the temptation to reach for a cold soda instead of water can be a lot more appealing.

“Pop” or soda is one of the leading dietary sources of tooth decay and affects people of all ages. The acid and sugary byproducts that are found in pop soften the tooth’s enamel which attribute to the development of cavities.

The popularity of soft drinks has risen in the United States, especially among children and teenagers. How many school age children drink soft drinks? Estimates range from one in two to more than four in five consuming at least one soft drink a day. At least one in five kids consume a minimum of four servings a day (1).

Some teenagers drink as many as 12 soft drinks a day (2). Long term users are at risk as well, with the cumulative damage having effect on their mouth at some point in their life.

It goes without saying that soft drinks account for more than just damage to your teeth’s enamel. Obesity, increased risk of diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, osteoporosis, reproductive issues and even asthma.

The damage that could be done in the long run is far more expensive than the cost of a can of pop. So when in doubt, choose water to keep your body hydrated and healthy!

(1)Gleason P, Suitor C. Childrens diets in the mid 1990s: Dietary intake and its relationship with school meal participation. Alexandria, VA: US Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Analysis, Nutrition and Evaluation;2001.

(2)Brimacombe C. The effect of extensive consumption of soda pop on the permanent dentition: A case report. Northwest Dentistry 2001;80:23-25.