A 32-year-old member asked:
would coke and tea be really bad for your teeth?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein answered
32 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Yes & no.: Coke, or any soda product, definitely harms teeth even if sugarless. They are a very acidic product. Acids leach out the calcium in your teeth making them softer and more vulnerable to bacterial attack and decay. Tea is not bad for teeth unless you are adding sugar or a lot of lemon. Of course, this also depends on whether you are drinking these things just once in a while or every day, all day.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch answered
25 years experience Dentistry
A tip: If you do drink soda it is a good idea to use a straw and rinse with water after. Do not sip all day, length of time the teeth are exposed to these liquids also contributes to the level of damage.
Answered on Feb 24, 2014
Dr. Brett Noorda answered
24 years experience Dentistry
Yes, absolutely: Coke is primarily sugar and acid in water. Many teas are also acidic, and if you add sugar then you have a similar situation to coke. Acid is what creates cavities in your teeth. The bacteria in your mouth convert sugar to acid. So with coke and tea you are drinking acid and sugar, then the bacteria turn the sugar into more acid. Not a good recipe for tooth health.
Answered on Apr 4, 2013
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