Popular Beverages; pH Levels & Your Teeth

Cavities are a condition where bacteria use the sugars in our food and drink to create an acid.  This acid attacks the teeth and begins to break the bonds between minerals within the teeth.  As these bonds break, a cavity is formed.  One aspect that is often overlooked, is that many popular drinks have acidic pH levels that cause the mineral bonds to break down even before the bacteria can turn the sugars in to acids. thus causing cavities to form much more quickly.  Your teeth (and health) will benefit more if you sip on water all day as opposed to a flavored of sugary drink.  Below is a chart of the pH levels in many popular drinks. (The chart includes battery acid, for reference.  We do not recommend drinking battery acid!)

pH Level Chart from Grandview Dental Center
pH Level Chart from Grandview Dental Center
from The Journal of the American Dental Association April 2016
from The Journal of the American Dental Association April 2016

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