Most of us already know that the sugar present in soda is staggeringly more harmful than any other form for our teeth, despite this, cold drinks are something that we all enjoy way more often than we really should. But what you probably didn’t know is that the more harmful aspect of those fizzy bubbly drinks that you love is actually their acidic nature.
Apparently, this kid from a guest episode of Tom Scott’s “Things You Might Not Know” series on YouTube knows more about the after effects of carbonated drinks on teeth than the rest of us do! He tested his hypothesis by placing two of his sister’s molars each in a bottle of Mountain Dew and Coca Cola respectively. The results as you can probably guess, weren’t something that gave us a happy feeling inside. In fact, in just 3 weeks, the teeth were terribly decayed and stained beyond repair! Now think of what might be happening to the pearly whites in your own mouth when you drink soft drinks that often!
So which drink is more harmful; Coca cola or Mountain Dew? Considering that Coca Cola is around six times more acidic than Mountain Dew, it should be the one to cause a greater amount of damage and decay as it’s the acidic nature of soft drinks which causes our teeth to decay and form cavities that are beyond repair. But in practicality, Mountain Dew is much more harmful. This is because of the organic acid present in dew which finds it easier to break down the material of your teeth and result in degradation and loss in weight. Not only this, it even leads to cavities and yellowing. So, to all those who thought that Mountain Dew was a less harmful drink than Coca Cola; you might want to reevaluate your decision (though both do a ton of damage).
Another thing to keep in mind is that the so called ‘sugar free’ or ‘diet’ sodas aren’t any less harmful than their normal counterparts. Their sugar content may be drastically lower, but the different acid still holds the same damaging effect over your teeth.
So the next time you sit down to relax with a glass of your favorite fizzy drink in your hand, remember to beware of what they might do to your precious pearly whites if you aren’t careful!