Rotting teeth

With a pH of 3.2, diet soda is very acidic. (As a point of reference, the pH of battery acid is 1. Water is 7.) The acid is what readily dissolves enamel, and just because a soda is diet doesn't make it acid-light. Adults who drink three or more sodas a day have worse dental health, says a University of Michigan analysis of dental checkup data. Soda drinkers had far greater decay, more missing teeth, and more fillings.

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Diet Soda

Can't get enough of your soda hit? Read this before you take another sip.

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  1. Jenny04:24pm Tuesday 30th July 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Fruit juices even organic can also be acidic and very high in sugar. Some juices have up to 10 teaspoons of sugar in them.

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  2. LucyB12:20pm Tuesday 30th July 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    This is (sadly) very true... It's the carbonation of the drink that ruins teeth - even plain soda water does damage! My dentist told me off for buying a Soda Stream machine - I thought Soda water (no sugar) was healthy but nope. Drinking through a straw helps, and rinsing with water afterwards and don't brush within half an hour of drinking anything acidic, including juice as teeth enamel is softened.

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  3. Raymond06:03pm Saturday 27th July 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Fluoride is a bigger problem than the soda in the long term as it is a toxic waste produce that is soo! bad for ones health in so many ways from prebirth to old age , do not go near it please!!

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  4. Martine B10:49pm Sunday 04th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Yahoo, hello? Can't report abuse on grossly abusive language now?

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  5. Rhonda12:05pm Sunday 04th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    who gives

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  6. brad08:42am Sunday 04th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Typical of the internet, regurgitated nonsense instead of factual information. Soft drinks are only a problem if one holds them in ones mouth instead of drinking them. When drinking soft drinks there is very little contact with the teeth, and the mouth produces saliva keeping the teeth clean. Small pieces of fruit caught in the teeth are far more damaging than any amount of soft drink flowing over the teeth.

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  7. Dean09:26am Saturday 03rd November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    So we have to see this Seppo rubbish for a week while issues important to this country, Australia, not Yankhoo7 land, America, get to be seen for only 24 hours. You Yank idiots have no idea do you...

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  8. Angela07:53pm Friday 02nd November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    "With a pH of 3.2 soda very acidic" What is not said is that plums have a pH of 2.8, Limes 1.8 & cranberry juice 2.3. Comparing soda to battery acid "as a point of reference" clearly shows the point of this story is hardly to give people useful facts. Can't comment on points 2-7, you lost me at point 1.

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  9. leah bonny04:06pm Friday 02nd November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Dont have soda in my country. Are you refering to soft drinks? ............lol..........

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  10. leah bonny04:05pm Friday 02nd November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Dont have soda in my country. Are you refering to soft drinks? ............lol..........

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