Carbonated Water Could Damage Your Teeth
June 23, 2004
the days of summer get warmer, quenching people’s thirsts will
become more difficult. Unfortunately, a great deal of people will
opt for a can of soda or a pitcher of iced tea over a glass of water.
Researchers have warned that carbonated drinks such as sodas and
iced teas could damage tooth enamel, which is the outer layer of
A study revealed that the constant consumption of carbonated drinks
took its toll upon tooth enamel by thinning and wearing it down
Results From a Study on Carbonated Drinks
and Their Effect on Tooth Enamel
Non-colas and canned iced teas were the most damaging.
Additives in these drinks such as malic, tartaric and other
organic acids contributed to the rapid tooth decay.
Root beer, which contained the fewest number of harmful additives,
was considered the soft drink to produce the least amount of
tooth enamel damage.
Startling Facts on Soft Drink Consumption
Soft drinks make up 27 percent of all beverages that Americans
In 1997, 12- to 19-year-olds consumed 16 ounces of soda each
day, compared to the same age group who were found to drink
28 ounces a day in 1996.
Soda consumption has gone from 22.2 gallons of cola per person
per year in 1970 to 44 gallons per person per year in 1996.
95 percent of the people living in the United States drink
People who worked in front of a computer and drank three to
four 34-ounce-sized carbonated drinks daily developed full-blown
An average can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar in
Dentistry July/August 2004