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Drinks That Eat Teeth

(See also Toothpastes That Eat Teeth)

This is the most complete listing of drink contents on the internet, a project begun in 1999. if you have any data to share with us, or feel any listing here is incorrect, please contact me at KentSmith@21stCenturyDental.com

Well, not ALL drinks eat teeth (water is listed as a reference, but has a neutral pH of 7.0, so it does NOT eat teeth), but we have as many drinks listed here as possible, so you can make sure your favorite beverage is not one of the tooth-eaters! Demineralization, or loss of tooth material, begins at a pH of 5.5, although under certain conditions, may even start at a higher pH.
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Drink

Acid
(pH)

Sugar
(teaspoons in 12oz.)

Caffeine
(mgs)

Calories (in 12 oz.)

Battery Acid 1.00 0 0 0
Stomach acid 2.00 (as low as 1.0 with projectile vomiting) 0 0 0
Lime Juice 2.00-2.35      
Lemon juice 2.00-2.60      
Cranberry Juice, canned 2.30-2.52      
Vinegar 2.40-3.40      
Sunny Delight 2.4 6.3 0 0
Gatorade Clear 2.4 5.5 0 0
Pepsi 2.49 9.8 (27 grams) 37 150
Country Time Lemonade 2.5 5.4 0 0
SoBe Sugarfree Tropical 2.5 0 0 0
RC Cola 2.50   43.2  
Cherry Coke 2.52 8.9 34 0
Coke Classic 2.53 9.3 (27 grams) 34 140
SoBe Strawberry-Grape 2.6 6.5 0 0
Capri Sun 2.6 5.5 0 0
Orange Crush 2.7 10.5 0 0
Hi-C Blast Fruit Punch 2.7 5.5 0 0
Tang 2.7 5.1 0 0
HiC Lemonade 2.7 5.5 0 0
Extran 2.74   0 60
Powerade 2.75 15 grams 0 115
Orange Minute Maid 2.80 11.2 (48 grams) 0 180
Mellow Yellow 2.8 10.1 51 0
Diet Cherry Coke 2.8 0 34 0
Welch's White Grape 2.8 7.8 0 0
Mr. Pibb 2.8 0 40 0
Hawaiin Fruit Punch 2.82 10.2 0  
Squirt 2.85 9.5    
Lipton Brisk 2.87 7 9 0
Upside Down 7-Up 2.9 6.3 0 0
Grapefruit Juice, canned 2.90-3.25      
Cranberry Juice, white 2.9 5.5 0 0
Dr Pepper 2.92 9.5 (40.5 grams) 40 160
Gatorade 2.95 5.5 (21 grams) 0 75
Nestea Sweetened Lemon Iced Tea 2.97 7 16.6 0
Grapefruit juice 3.00 35 grams 0 150
Diet Rite (white grape) 3.00 0 0 0
Grapefruit juice 3.00 7.4 0 150
Kool-Aid Jammers (cherry) 3.00 5.1 0 0
Sierra Mist 3.00 5.5 0 0
Surge 3.02 10 51 170
Nestea 3.04 5 11 to 26  
Pepsi One 3.05 0 36 1.5
Vinegar, cider 3.10      
Diet Code Red Mountain Dew 3.1 0 0 0
Pepsi Blue 3.1 5.7 0 0
V8 Splash Berry Blend 3.1 5.5 0 0
Vinegar, cider 3.1 0 0 0
Orange Slice 3.12 11.9    
Dole (orange strawberry banana) 3.2 6.3 0 0
Fresca 3.2 0 0 0
Propel 3.2 0.4 0 0
Snapple Tea 3.2 7.6 31.5 0
Snapple Tea Diet 3.2 0 0 0
Twist Up 3.2 5.5 0 0
Fresca 3.20 0    
Mountain Dew 3.22 11 (46 grams) 55 165
Grape Minute Maid 3.29 11.9 0  
Pineapple Juice, canned 3.30-3.60      
Orange Juice, Florida 3.30-4.15      
Orange Juice, California 3.30-4.19      
Diet Mountain Dew 3.34 0 55  
Sherry-wine 3.37      
Diet Coke 3.39 0 45  
Dole (pineapple juice) 3.4 5.7 0 0
Apple Juice 3.4 4.8 0 0
Diet Dr Pepper 3.41 0    
Sprite 3.42 9 0 140
Plum Nectar 3.45      
Ultima 3.50     15
Juicy Juice 3.5 4.6 0 0
Tea (iced) 3.5 0 70.6 0
Tropicana Sprite Remix 3.5 5.5 0 0
Sherry-wine 3.37      
Diet 7UP 3.67 0 0  
Cytomax 3.79     75
Accelerade 3.86 4.4 0 120
Enervit G 3.88 8.9 0 81
Powerbar Endurance 3.89 0 0 105
Vegetable Juice 3.90-4.30      
Prune Juice 3.95-3.97      
Dad's Root Beer 4 9.7 0  
Pear Nectar 4.03 0 0  
Milk, Acidophilus 4.09-4.25      
Tomatoes, Juice 4.10-4.60      
A&W Crème Soda 4.2 9.7 29  
GU20 4.29     75
A&W Root Beer 4.3 0 0  
Buttermilk 4.41-4.83      
e load 4.50     216
Diet Barq's 4.55 0    
Barq's 4.61 10.7 22  
Emend 4.95      
Milk, sour, fine curd 4.70-5.65      
Emend 4.95 0 0  
Milkfish 5.30      
Guava Nectar 5.50      
Brewed Coffee 5.51   203  
Instant Coffee 5.51   143  
Milk, evaporated 5.90-6.30      
Alo Juice 6.00-6.80      
Milk, condensed 6.33      
Milk, Cow 6.40-6.80      
Milk, Goat's 6.48      
Chrysanthemum Drink 6.50      
Coconut Milk 6.10-7.00      
Milk, 2% 6.8 3.5 0  
Milk, skim 6.8 3.5 0  
Water 7.00 0 0 0
Soybean Milk 7.00      
Milk, peptonized 7.10      
Wax Gourd Drink 7.20      
Tea (brewed) 7.2 0 70.6  
Tea 7.20      
7UP   9.3 0 140
A&W Crème Soda     29  
A&W Diet Crème Soda     22  
Kick     57  
Mellow Yellow     51  
Ocean Spray 100% Cranberry Juice   35 grams 0 180
Pepsi One     55  
Schweppes Ginger Ale   22 grams    
Skim Milk   11 grams    
Starbucks Latte   9.5 grams    
Snapple     4.5 to 31.5
(see NSDA website)
 
Sunkist Diet Orange     42  
Sunkist Orange Soda   35 grams 41  
TAB     45  
Tropicana Orange Juice   22 grams    
Honest Tea Peach Oo-la-long   4.5 (18 grams)   60
Milk   18 grams 0 180
Orangina   7.75 (31.5 grams)   135
Fizzy Lizzy Grape   29 grams 0 120
Jones Soda Co. Green Apple   11.5 (46 grams)   180
Sweet Leaf Raspberry Sweet Tea   6.375 (25.5 grams)   105
Spark Mandarin-Carrot Juice Drink   10.5 (42 grams)   180
Minute Maid Apple Juice   10 (39 grams)   165
Original Arizona Iced Tea   9 (36 grams)   135
The Switch Black Cherry   9 (36 grams)   180

Because the pH scale is logarithmic, a one unit change in pH is associated with a 10 fold change in the acidity. For example, lemon juice has a pH of 2.0, while grapefruit juice has a pH of 3.0. Lemon juice would therefore be 10x as acidic as grapefruit juice. Even more enlightening, Coke Classic is roughly 100 times as acidic as Barq's root beer.

There is some useful information on acid erosion of teeth on both Dr. Richard Ehrlich's site on Dr. Steve Hendry's site.