TikTok ‘dirty soda’ mocktail trend worries dentists – all you need to know

You may not have heard of it yet – but chances are a super-sweet ‘dirty soda’ mocktail will be lining your lips very soon if the hype on TikTok is anything to go by.

The non-alcoholic drink is an incredibly sweet combination of diet soda, coconut syrup, lime juice and single cream.

And the intriguing beverage is taking the world by storm, thanks largely to celebrity endorsements from influential stars such as singer Olivia Rodrigo, who posted herself enjoying one.

Exactly which type of ‘dirty soda’ she had was unclear, but many fans speculated it was a ‘Malibu’, which is a combination of Dr Pepper, coconut, and vanilla, according to American soda-shop chain Swig.

So far this ridiculously sweet drink, which has its roots in Midwest America, has amassed more than 75 million views on TikTok and sparked a frenzy of people running to their local shop to grab the ingredients.

However, dentists are not impressed.

“I have seen dirty sodas gain popularity in the last couple of years and have tried several different variations myself, and I think they’re delicious,” admits Los Altos, a cosmetic dentist in California.

He told New Beauty: “But, just like any drink loaded with sugar, there is no redeeming nutritional value for these sodas.

“When you combine the pH-altering effects of the soda with the added sugary ingredients to make the drink ‘dirty’ it’s a terrible combination for your health and certainly for your teeth,” Dr Field explains. “The impact on your teeth will degrade your enamel which can increase the risk of decay, sensitivity and general breakdown.”

And he isn’t the only one with reservations about the fabled pick-me-up.

Cosmetic dentist Ronald Goldstein, of Atlanta, says it isn’t just people’s oral health at risk when consuming such drinks.

“The ‘dirty soda’ would have less effect on oral health than general health because it does not remain in the mouth to do damage like hard or gummy sweets,” he explains.

“Hard, sugary sweets tend to be held in the mouth much longer and can damage teeth through both decay and acid erosion since people tend to keep it between their back teeth where the damage can take place.”

Dr. Goldstein says people should weigh-up the overall effects that such sugar-loaded drinks could have on them.

He said “there is no doubt that ‘dirty sodas’ consumed over a long period of time can lead to raised blood sugar levels which can contribute to multiple overall health problems.”

But the medical professionals do not want to be killjoys, and as with fast food and drinking alcohol, the key to remain safe is moderation.

Dr Field said: “For those who drink these beverages I advise to take the ‘everything in moderation’ approach. Limit your intake of these drinks as much as possible and try to avoid sipping these over an extended period of time as this doesn’t give your mouth a chance to buffer the pH impact of the soda on the teeth.”

He also thinks it a good idea to drink water after downing a sugar-laden drink in an effort to help reset your oral pH

He also suggests drinking water during or after consuming a dirty soda or other such sugary beverages to help reset your oral pH. Saliva has a pH normal range of 6.2-7.6 with 6.7 being the average.