Back in May 2015, the internet exploded with the famous What Happens One Hour After Drinking A Can of Soda? infographic by The Renegade Pharmacist. Many people were shocked to discover that high fructose corn syrup in soda largely attributes to the obesity epidemic in America. Check out this infographic found on Lifehack that illustrates exactly what we’re preaching!

As a dentist, we’re focusing on soda from a different angle – how it affects your teeth. It’s actually not so much the sugar in soda that causes tooth enamel decay but the acids and preservatives. Even if you drink diet soda, you’re STILL susceptible to tooth decay. Over a period of time, drinking soda will cause the pH of saliva you produce in your mouth to lower. Once this happens, bacteria increase in your mouth and eventually cause your teeth to erode.


Erosion begins when the acids in soft drinks encounter the tooth enamel, which is the outermost protective layer on your teeth. Their effect is to reduce the surface hardness of the enamel.


Soft drinks also affect another layer called dentin. This damage to your tooth enamel makes room for cavities. Cavities develop over a period of time in people who drink soft drinks regularly. Add in poor oral hygiene, and a lot of damage can occur to the teeth.

While everything can be good in moderation, we think it’s important for you to know what you are putting into your body and how that impacts your overall oral health. The effects of soda on teeth are no joke. Schedule an appointment with us and we’ll give you more information on how you can prevent tooth erosion.