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Coca Cola and Teeth...

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By now, I think everyone has heard that Coca-Cola will dissolve your teeth, nails, remove rust, and it is so acidic  that people use it to clean toilets...LOL

I like to hear some dentist comments on this...how bad is it really?

Well here is what Coca-Cola has to say about it:

Source: http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/index.html

Products And Packaging Myths & Rumors

 Rumor: Coca-Cola can be used as a household cleaner
This rumor has taken on many forms, claiming that Coca-Cola, due to its acidic nature, can be used to clean toilets and corrosion from car batteries, loosen a rusted bolt and remove rust spots from car bumpers, remove grease from clothing, clean road haze from windshields, clean highways after traffic accidents, cook a steak, dissolve teeth, and bake a moist ham.
 Our Response:  This rumor mentions that baking a ham basted with Coca-Cola produces a delicious gravy -- and that is definitely true! We are unaware of any state patrol officers using Coke for any purpose other than refreshment. Plain water or vinegar would be as effective and less costly for cleaning pavement. Vinegar, naturally acidic, is used as a household cleaner and also a common ingredient in marinades and salad dressings. Soaking an egg in vinegar causes the shell to soften -- an expected outcome because acid breaks down protein structure. Yet vinegar is completely safe as a food ingredient and enhances the flavor of many foods.

Soaking something in a soft drink or rubbing something with a cloth soaked in a soft drink is not at all like drinking a soft drink. People don't hold soft drinks in their mouths for long periods of time, nor rub their teeth with fabric soaked in soft drinks, so it doesn't make sense to extend these possible affects to normal use of the product. Because our teeth are constantly bathed by saliva, which helps buffer the effects of acids from foods and beverages, the effect on tooth enamel is greatly reduced. In fact, the acids in most foods are neutralized to a large degree by the saliva in the mouth long before they reach the stomach.

There is a small amount of edible acid present in many foods, including fruit juices, buttermilk, and soft drinks, such as Coca-Cola. These foods are not acidic enough to harm your body tissues -- in fact, your own natural stomach acid is stronger. It is possible that the edible acid in any of these products could have the effects described, even though it's still quite safe to drink these products. However, we don't make any claims relating to other uses. Instead, we recommend using products specifically designed for cleaning or rust removal.

The myths about disappearing teeth, nails, steaks and various other objects are just that -- myths. These stories continue to spring up and get recycled because each new generation finds them hard to ignore, but they simply are not true.

Pretty much all soft drinks will cause problems with your teeth

Any high sugar drink will cause cavities. Soft drinks just happen to be very popular and are drunk all day long, even for breakfast! I see many patients throughout the day with rampant caries caused by soft drinks and try to get them off of them. Cutting down is wise except for those who say they only drink on per day... and nurse it all day long. You have to have 4 things in combination in your mouth to develop dental caries: a tooth; sugar (sucrose); bacteria (S. mutans), and time. Take away anyone of these and you will not get a cavity. Getting back to the conscientious person who just decided to cut down to just one soft drink per day... Just think about it, if every couple of minutes you take a tiny sip of sugar the bacteria eat the sugar and produce an acidic waste which over time melts away your enamel and causes a cavity. The best way to drink a soft drink is to drink it down at your meal and then stimulate your salivary flow to coat your mouth with protective components between meals. Unfortunately, many sugar free soft drinks are very acidic and if they are below 5.5 pH then they will melt down enamel without the bacteria's help. Just drink water! Cape Coral, FL Dentist Office.
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