Mississippi State Department of Health
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Soft drink consumption is one of several leading causes of tooth decay. Carbonation, sugar and acids in soft drinks weaken tooth enamel and encourage the growth of bacteria that contribute to tooth decay. MSDH wants to help you reduce the impact of soft drinks on your and your kids’ teeth and health.

Get the facts on how tooth decay starts and what you can do to prevent it.

How Tooth Decay Starts

Reduce the Risk

Acid and Sugar in Soft Drinks

Drink Acidity Sugar Amount
Battery Acid
 6
0
Pepsi
 4.5
9.8 tsp.
Coca-Cola
 4.5
9.3 tsp.
Minute Maid Orange Soda
 4.2
11.2 tsp.
Dr. Pepper
 4
9.5 tsp.
Gatorade
 4
3.3 tsp.
Nestea
 4
5.0 tsp.
Diet Pepsi
 4
0
Mountain Dew
 3.7
11.0 tsp.
Minute Maid Grape Soda
 3.7
11.9 tsp.
Diet Coke
 3.6
0
Diet Dr. Pepper
 3.6
0
Sprite
 3.6
9.0 tsp.
Barq's
 2.4
10.7 tsp.
Pure Water00

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