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Brisbane Smile Boutique Dentistry with Dr Amy Daley and Dr Leila Haywood 

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How do cola drinks and energy drinks cause the teeth to dissolve?

How do cola drinks and energy drinks cause the teeth to dissolve?

DENTAL HEALTH AND COLA BEVERAGES FACTS

  1. A 375ml can of Coke has 40 grams of sucrose - a can a day adds up to 15 kg of sugar consumption in a year.
  2. The sugar content of Cola drinks clearly contributes to dental decay
  3. The acid contributes to dental decay, as well as the tooth structure softening and dissolving away, in a process known as 'dental erosion', which can strip the enamel off the teeth,  and expose the yellowy softer dentine underneath.  This can lead to sensitivity, and the teeth are more vulnerable to developing cavities.
  4. The caffeine causes less saliva flow, which normally washes over the teeth to help to protect them.
  5. There is concern about there being an interaction with Cola beverages and calcium in the body, with the drinks being linked to osteoporosis.
  6. The acid, in combination with the sugar, changes the bacteria in the plaque that forms in the mouth.
  7. Caffeine energy drinks and cola drinks are a mix of sugar, acid and caffeine which can cause catastrophic damage to teeth, not to mention the effects on weight, and general health.

Reference :  http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2008/s2534673.htm

Transcript of interview on ABC radio PM interview, regarding the ACCC investigation of Coca-Cola's myth busting campaign.