Carbonated Soft Drinks
Carbonated soft drinks have lots of acids and sugar -- both of which aren't good for our teeth. We all know that sugar is one of the main causes of tooth decay. Plaque -- a sticky film of bacteria and other materials (like sugar) -- is constantly lurking all around on our teeth and gums. Every time bacteria comes in contact with sugar or starch, acid is the result of that union. Acid attacks the teeth and basically erodes the enamel, making room for cavities to form, according to the American Dental Association.
Did you know that some regular sodas contain as much as 11 teaspoons of sugar per serving? Your poor teeth are just swimming in the sweet stuff. Juices and sports drinks aren't immune either, adds Dr. Sarant. They too have high levels of sugars and acidity.
Diet soft drinks are not much better either. While sugar is not present, they still contain phosphoric and citric acids which can erode your teeth over time. Drinking diet soft drinks might be a great way to keep your figure in check, but for your molars, not so much.
So what's a soda or "pop" lover to do? Experts advise people to rinse with water after drinking a soft drink to prevent the remnants of the cola from hanging on to your tooth enamel. Phew. We thought we'd be forced to give up our 3 o'clock fix.