When you drink sugary drinks, the high-fructose corn syrup in them combines with the natural bacteria in your mouth to form acid. That acid attacks your teeth, weakening your tooth enamel—your primary line of defense. Each one of those “attacks” lasts for about 20 minutes. The kicker? That 20 minutes starts over every time you take a sip. And once those attacks damage your tooth enamel, bacteria in your mouth can start causing cavities and tooth decay.
“But drinks don’t have that much sugar,” you say. “It’s just one drink! It’s not like I’m eating candy or anything.” Au contraire, sugary drink drinkers. What you’re sipping on may have much more sugar than you think. Look at it this way:
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