Soft drinks and dental health: a review of the current literature

J Dent. 2006 Jan;34(1):2-11. doi: 10.1016/j.jdent.2004.11.006. Epub 2005 Sep 12.


In recent years there has been increased interest in the role of commercial soft drinks in dental diseases namely as dental caries and erosion. The objective of this paper has been to review the past and current literature to determine the present knowledge on this subject. The literature related to dental caries, erosion, drinks, soft drinks and fruit juices was reviewed. The literature shows efforts have been taken to modify soft drinks by either adding or deleting certain components so as to reduce their harmful effects on teeth. A rational protocol to encourage the sensible use of drinks and the modification of drinks to render them less harmful would be advisable.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Carbonated Beverages / adverse effects*
  • Carbonated Beverages / analysis
  • Cariogenic Agents / adverse effects*
  • Cariogenic Agents / chemistry
  • Cariostatic Agents / pharmacology
  • Citric Acid / pharmacology
  • Dental Caries / chemically induced*
  • Fluorides / pharmacology
  • Humans
  • Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
  • Tooth Erosion / chemically induced*


  • Cariogenic Agents
  • Cariostatic Agents
  • Citric Acid
  • Fluorides