Toxins that affect the teeth & gums
soft drink / cold drinkEdit
A study revealed that carbonated drinks produced the worst wear and tear on the teeth. Surprisingly, it didn't matter if the soft drink were sweetened with sugar or artificially sweetener. All carbonated drinks had an impact on the tooth enamel.
All carbonated beverages erode the enamel on the teeth because of their acidic nature. Citrus flavored sodas are the hardest on the teeth. Whether the soda contained sugar or was sugar free didn't seem to matter.
Carmel dye is used to create Cola's signature deep brown color, but doesn't actually add to the flavor of the soft drink. Carmel coloring contributes to yellowing of your teeth, and weakened enamel makes it easier for teeth to become stained. Yellow teeth are unsightly, but don't actually affect your health.
The formula for Coca-cola originally contained an extract from the cocoa leaf
Paan (shown right) is a mixture of ingredients like Betel Nut, clove, or tobacco, weapped in Betel Leaf smeared with Lime paste.
Limestone / ChalkEdit
A strong alkaline is needed to dissolve Betel nut in saliva. Usually Caustic Lime is added to extract the alkaloid so that it may be absorbed into the mucus membranes of the mouth. The Lime can cause serious damage to the lining of the oral cavity.
Betel leaf / Betel NutEdit
Betel leaf and Betel nut turns the saliva red, which stains the teeth red and even black, over years of chewing Betel leaf or Betel nut. Streets alleys and buildings has been colored red by the spitting of Betel stained saliva.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of cancer worldwide. Though recent studies have shown that the use of smokeless tobacco is not as harmful as cigarettes there is still a potential for oral cancer, tooth loss, and gum disease.
Tobacco contains nicotine, possibly the most addictive drug in the world, which the plant uses as a natural insecticide. Drop for drop nicotine is more lethal than strychnine and rattlesnake venom, three times more deadly than arsenic. Native to the Americas, tobacco use and nicotine addiction have become a major health epidemic in countries around the globe.
Coca / CocoaEdit
Cocoa is different from Coco of the Cacao plant, the base ingredient for chocolate.
The leaves of the cocoa plant contain a variety of naturally occurring chemical compounds called alkaloids, and one of the alkaloids found in the coca leaf is cocaine, a powerful and highly addictive stimulant. Coca leaves are used medicinally by the local peoples of western South America in teas and by chewing them, and fine in small doses.
The problem is the Cocoa extract cocaine. The formula for Coca-cola originally also contained the extract from cocoa leaf