Soft Teeth
Concerned You Have Soft Teeth?

Foods and Beverages affect your oral health

Many people who are susceptible to cavities believe they have "soft teeth." The truth is, there really isn't such a thing as soft teeth.
Many claims of soft teeth can be explained by an inconsistent hygiene routine, regular intake of junk food, candy, and soda, or a lack of fluoridated water. When the teeth are not properly cleaned, particularly after eating, bacteria can break down enamel and cause cavities. Regular exposure to sugars increases the rate of enamel breakdown by feeding harmful bacteria. Fluoride helps prevent cavities by remineralizing and strengthening the enamel. When fluoride and other minerals are absent, teeth are increasingly susceptible to decay. Maintaining a healthy pH level in your mouth is key to counteracting why you might feel your teeth are soft. Drinking highly acidic beverages is one of the most common things we do to cause harm to our pH balance. Water has a pH value of 7, which is considered neutral. The lower the pH value, the more acidic it is. Here are some examples of pH levels in common drinks, according to Dimensions of Dental HygieneNorthwest Dentistry, March-April 2001, and University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio:
  • Water - 7 (neutral)
  • Coffee (8 oz) – 5.5
  • Snapple Plain Tea – 3.93
  • Lipton's Iced Tea – 3.86
  • Sprite – 3.42
  • Gatorade Sports Drink (12 oz) – 3.4
  • Red Bull Energy Drink (8.3 oz) – 3.3
  • Mountain Dew Soft Drink (8 oz) – 3.2
  • Diet Pepsi – 3.05
  • Nestea Iced Tea – 3.04
  • White vinegar – 3
  • Lemon juice – 3
  • Cranberry & Apple juice - 3
  • Dr. Pepper – 2.92
  • Squirt – 2.85
  • Monster Energy Drink (8 oz) – 2.7
  • AMP Energy Drink (8 oz) – 2.7
  • Powerade Sports Drink (12 oz) – 2.6
  • Coca-Cola Soft Drink (8 oz) – 2.5
  • Pepsi – 2.49
  • Rock Star Energy Drink (8 oz) – 1.5
  • Full Throttle Energy Drink (8 oz) – 1.45
Consuming drinks high in acid constantly coats your teeth with acid and can do a lot to cause issues commonly associated with soft teeth.