Did you know that dehydration is the number one trigger for daytime fatigue? So next time you feel that afternoon drowsiness, don’t reach for a caffeinated beverage, drink water. It’s good for your body and won’t damage your teeth like soda and other caffeinated beverages. When you do drink soda or a sugary beverage make an effort to drink it during a specified time period like with meals or a snack. The most damage occurs, when we sip on coffee or a soda for extended periods of time. Each time we take that sip, the pH level of our mouth dips to an acidic level and stays there for 20 minutes. It is during that time period that demineralization and decay starts.
The outer enamel layer of our teeth dissolves at 5.5 and the inner dentin layer dissolves at 6.5. Below is the pH level of some of our favorite beverages:
by Lynette Page, DDS, FAGD