I know most dentists hate soda because it is both acid by itself, but also the amount of sugars or otherwise artificial sweeters it has in it. Since I don't expect many people will stop drinking soda (even if having more than one a week will greatly increase their chance of pancreatic cancer) I was wondering if there was a certain amount of dilution with water or ice that would make soda an acceptable beverage in the eyes of most dentists?

Dear James,

I'm a dentist, and I love soda for two reasons.  It tastes good, and it brings me lots of business!  I know of no specific dilution number that is acceptable to most dentists.  Because of both its sugars and acids, drinking soda slowly dissolves away the hard enamel surfaces of your teeth, making them more prone to decay and increased wear.  But you already know this.

I used to be an avid diet soda drinker.  Now I find myself drinking more water than soda, and I've been able to limit my soda drinking to 2 or 3 glasses per week.  And whenever I do drink soda, I always fill my glass with ice first, then pour the soda over the ice.  The melting ice will dilute your soda by about 50%.  This is better than soda alone.

I hope I've helped.


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I am a Family, Implant and Cosmetic dentist. I will answer questions on any aspect of dentistry and matters relating to the smile, gums, jaws and lower face. Member American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Broward County Dental Association, and Atlantic Coast District Dental Association. I have served as District Council Member of Alpha Omega, as well as serving for one term as its President. I am also a member of The Vedder Honors Society, Broward Dental Research Clinic, and Mount Sinai Hospital Guild. I have served as a Volunteer for Project Dental Health and The Tri-County Dental Health Council.


Having attained over 30 years of clinical experience in private practice in Michigan, in 2001 I was re-certified by taking and passing the Florida State Dental Board Examination. After moving to Florida, I spent nearly 10 years re-honing my skills while working as an Associate Dentist for several large dental groups. In September, 2004, I was appointed Adjunct Clinical Professor at Nova University's College of Dental Medicine. I am certified in placement of Mini Dental Implants, and I am Director of The Florida Implant Center ( On March 1, 2010, at the age of 62, I began all over again by buying a dental practice near my home in the Fort Lauderdale area. As sole owner and Chief Dental Officer of the new Nob Hill Dental Center (, I can now carefully provide dental care to patients who care, all within a caring, joyful environment. Over my career lifetime, I have provided thousands of diagnoses, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, periodontal treatments, TMJ therapies, partials, dentures and extractions, and dozens of implants for my patients. The only aspect of dentistry with which I have very little experience is orthodontics.

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