Well, yes. But there are a lot of drinks that are even worse! In fact, lots of drinks are up to 11 times more corrosive than cola! That's the upshot from a study published in the journal of the Academy of General Dentistry.
From last to first, the most corrosive drinks are:
7. Root beer
5. Bottled iced tea - Number 4 on the most-corrosive-drinks-for-your-teeth list: Fitness water, like Propel.
3. Sports drinks, such as Gatorade and Powerade.
2. Energy drinks, like Monster and Red Bull.
And the drink that tops the teeth-destroyer list: Lemonade.
So, why are canned and bottled drinks so corrosive? They contain acids like citric and phosphoric acids to prolong shelf life. And the more tart the taste, the more acids they add. But these acids also cause dental enamel erosion. Meaning they eat away at the hard, protective coating of your teeth, causing them to get brittle, break, chip, become translucent at the edges, and lose their color and shine. And it's not just cosmetic - it can also cause sensitivity and pain. And once that enamel is gone, it's gone and major dental work ensues.
So, how can you minimize the corrosive effects of bottled drinks?
- First, drink less, and drink fast. The doctor says that means "chug it."
- Also, drink all canned and sweetened beverages through a straw.
- And drink them cold. The acids are less potent at lower temperatures.
- Finally, protect your teeth by rinsing afterwards with water, or chewing sugarless gum so the acids won't stick to your teeth and rot them out.