acidic drinks guide

acidic drinks guide

If you drink acidic drinks frequently, you are at risk of eroding the enamel on your teeth and causing dental decay. To minimise any possible damage limit your intake of acidic drinks – pH 7 is neutral. Any figure lower than this is acidic. The lower the number the more acidic, and therefore, damaging the drink may be.

  • Try to drink mainly still water if possible.
  • Dilute fresh fruit juices/diluting juices as much as possible.
  • Try and limit fizzy juices/herbal teas and other drinks below pH 3.9 to one glass/can per day if possible
  • Do not clean your teeth straight after drinking acidic drinks (Preferably wait 1/2 an hour).
  • There is some evidence to suggest that chewing sugar free gum helps your mouth neutralise acids quicker and may, therefore, minimise any damage done.
Type of Drink Ph Level
Carbonated drinks (Sugar and Sugar free)

Lemonade/orangeade/Cola etc


2.7 - 3.2
Diluting drinks

Sugar free whole orange drink


3.1 -3.7
Fruit drinks

Apple/Orange/Pineapple etc
Pure fruit juice for babies


3.2 -3.7
3.2
Herbal teas

Apple and Pineapple
Orchard, mixed fruit Rosehip and Hibiscus


3.0 -3.2
Mineral Water (pH depending on source)

Still
Sparkling


7.6
5.4
Beverages

Unsweetened Tea/coffee
Cow's milk


5.9 - 6.3
6.9
Miscellaneous

Lager/bitter
Shandy
Cider
Red wine
Sparkling Grape juice


4.0
3.2
3.2
2.5
3.2

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