The consumption of soda pop in our country has increased drastically. Teens now drink twice as much soda as milk. Soda is one of the most significant dietary factors in causing tooth decay. The high acidity of soda causes the enamel of one's teeth to dissolve. Regular soda also contains about a teaspoon of sugar per ounce (10-12 tsp in a twelve ounce can), which further feeds bacteria in your mouth in a process that causes the erosive acid. Even diet soda is highly acidic.
The worst problems are found among patients who sip soda all day. This basically bathes the teeth in acid all day long. If you're going to drink soda, it's best to limit yourself to no more than two servings per day and to rinse with water immediately after. Don't sip for extended periods. The best drink for your teeth is water, or milk. Replacing soda with sports drinks is not a good idea as they also have significant acidity.
There are other detrimental health effects of excess soda consumption. Soda has been linked to osteoporosis and chronic kidney disease. This Lake City Dentist recommends limiting or eliminating your soda intake for your teeth...and health.