Fizzy drinks are one of the best things we can consume to rot our teeth. Mainly because of the ACID, not the SUGAR. Of course sugar does play a role, but in fizzy drinks, it takes the back seat.
This has all come about after a conversation at work yesterday. Where I was pretty much singled out as the one who ‘doesn’t have a clue about what might rot teeth’. The discussion started when one of my colleagues came back from the vending machine with a can of Diet Coke, claiming he opted for it because of the ‘better flavour’ and because it had no sugar so would be better for his teeth.
So of course, I challenged both the views. Taste is subjective, so that wasn’t an issue, however the part about the sugar content was. I said that the drink still contains lots of acid and would therefore still rot his teeth. To which I was ‘told’ (fact?) by more than one person that the “acid is the least of the problems” because it “isn’t much different to the natural pH in the mouth”?! What, are you serious?? Despite my love for the drink I know Coca Cola is so bad for your teeth, so of course hearing that it was similar to the natural pH of saliva made me laugh!
But then, it seemed I was being singled out as the non-science student here. Therefore how could I possibly know anything about science, with my GCSE and my ‘common’ sense? Right? tut tut.
Also, look again at this link to a message on why brushing your teeth straight after vomiting is so bad – because of increased risk from acid erosion. Of course, from sugar on your teeth right? Hmm.
Now usually I wouldn’t be bothered about such office discussions because of course I know I am right. As usual(?). But, it’s when people who don’t have any facts to rely on, start to make up reasons why they would or should know. Then laugh at me for challenging their ideas based on – nothing (common sense and listening to my dentist).
If someone was to tell you something, then reel off a load of scientific jargon to justify it (assuming wrongly that you don’t understand), are you going to just say “ahh, yes you must be right, because you sounded confident” No. Well, at least I don’t. I would never give someone ‘fact’ and back it up with “Because Tom said so. He studied it.”
I have never understood why people assume someone’s level of formal education gives them credentials in all areas of general knowledge. If you have a PHD in English, that indicates to me that you could possibly know NOTHING about erm, say, PCB milling in computer manufacture. But then at the same time, just because I can quote a random phrase doesn’t mean that I know anything about it either. So if ever a comedy moment arises when someone says “Yeah, but he/she has a(n) [insert qualification here] so he/she knows more than you” – I’d take it as seriously as a toddler trying to ambush me. Seriously.
Give an opinion and I’ll accept it as an opinion. Give a fact, then you better have your sources because I’m going to look it up later. Simple.
Then if you’re wrong. I’ll prove it to you:
http://www.nature.com/bdj/journal/v196/n5/pdf/4811041a.pdf – from page 286, British Dental Journal Volume 196 No. 5 March 13 2004
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-299775/Fizzy-drink-tooth-rot-sets-in.html – Tabloid, ahh well. Still a source.