Heavy soda and sugary drink consumption has been linked to health concerns like diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis. But did you know it is also one of the leading causes of tooth decay? One of the reasons is because milk intake has decreased during the past generation, while juice and soda intakes have increased. The sugar in soda feeds the bacteria in your mouth, this forming an acid that drops the PH level and attacks the teeth in the form of decay. Each attack lasts about 20 -40 minutes and starts over with every sip not allowing the PH level to return to normal. Kids and teens are most susceptible to this because their tooth enamel is not fully developed.
This does not mean you cannot ever drink soda! But it is important to limit your intake, rinse with water when you are done and not sip it all day. And of course remember to brush twice a day, floss daily and use a fluoridated toothpaste.