Soft drink consumption and caries risk in children and adolescents

Gen Dent. 2003 Jan-Feb;51(1):30-6.


Soft drink consumption has increased dramatically in the United States over the last two decades. This increase in the consumption of soft drinks has led to a decrease in dairy consumption among children and adolescents and increased the risk for dental caries and a host of systemic complications. This paper addresses the changing consumption of beverages among children and adolescents, the health consequences of such a change, and a new caries risk assessment tool that can be utilized in a private practice setting.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Calcium / deficiency
  • Carbonated Beverages / adverse effects*
  • Carbonated Beverages / statistics & numerical data
  • Child
  • Dental Caries / etiology*
  • Diet, Cariogenic
  • Dietary Carbohydrates / adverse effects
  • Drinking Behavior
  • Humans
  • Obesity / etiology
  • Risk Assessment
  • Tooth Erosion / etiology
  • United States


  • Dietary Carbohydrates
  • Calcium