Love your pearly whites? Kiss that soda habit goodbye.
It's not just Coca-Cola that's bad for your smile: A video posted to YouTube on Monday reveals the disgusting consequences of soaking human teeth in two different sodas.
The experiment: A young scientist named Chase dropped his sister's tooth into a bottle of Mountain Dew, and another one into a bottle of Coca-Cola. After waiting about 2 1/2 weeks, he inspected the damage — and boy is it damning.
The results: The tooth dropped in the Mountain Dew turned yellow, and the tooth dropped in the Coca-Cola turned brownish-black. According to Wiley's calculations, the Mountain Dew tooth was 0.13 grams lighter after soaking in the Dew, while the Coca-Cola tooth was 0.06 grams lighter after soaking in the Coke. This loss reflects 14% of the Dew tooth's mass and 7% of the Coke tooth's mass, Wiley concludes. Both teeth look pretty disgusting.
Mountain Dew tooth
Tooth dropped in Mountain Dew
Tooth dropped in Coca-Cola
Here's what's going on: It's all about titratable acidity, aka the amount of acid, in each soda, Wiley explains in the video. The citric acid in Mountain Dew is organic, so it can break down the calcium in teeth faster than the artificial preservatives in Coke can break down white chompers.
Weirdly enough, the organic option is worse than the conventional option under these circumstances.
"A very acidic beverage can break down the [calcium in] the enamel, leaving it susceptible to cavities," Jaime Bremnes, a dentist at Whitehall Dental Arts, said in an email, explaining saliva washes over your teeth to replenish the broken-down calcium.
But with a soda like Mountain Dew, your saliva has a harder time diluting the acid, Wiley notes. A soda's effect on teeth depends on the sugar content and type of acid, citric acid vs. phosphoric acid, Bremnes said. There are 46 grams of sugar in 12 ounces of Mountain Dew, and 39 grams in 12 ounces of Coca-Cola.
What's up with the yellow color of the Mountain Dew tooth? When a tooth is soaked in a solution, it can absorb pigments from a soda's coloring agents, Bremnes noted. (We're looking at you, Yellow #5.)
Pepsico and Coca-Cola did not respond to Mic's request for comment by the time of this article's publication.
Lest you think you're cheating the system by drinking diet versions of these drinks, know that one study revealed diet sodas can wreak similar havoc on your dental health. What's the optimal amount of soda for dental health? Nada, Bremnes said. You're better off sipping water.
Watch the full video here:
Related: Learn more about the history of Coca-Cola:
Coca-Cola through the years, Coke soda
Coca-Cola through the years, Coke soda
The Atlanta based Coca-Cola Co., announced in New York Tuesday April 23, 1985 file photo a change in the 99 year old secret formula for the soft drink. This collection details the history of shapes of the soft drink's bottles. Sold at fountains in Atlanta at the start it was first bottled in Vicksburg, Mississippi. (AP Photo)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1950s: Teenaged girl with bottle of Coca-Cola. (Photo by George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) *23.03.1912-16.06.1977+Physiker, Raketenforscher, D/USA- PortrÃ¤t mit Coca-Cola-Flasche- 1963 (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
The bottles of Coca-Cola are shown May 5, 1986. (AP Photo/Joe Holloway, Jr.)
FRANCE - MAY 01: Centenary of Coca-Cola In France In May, 1986. (Photo by Didier CONTANT/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
The bottle used by Coca-Cola for export to France, stands by the prototype of the very first Coke bottle shown May 5, 1986 in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photo/Joe Holloway, Jr.)
BOHOL, PHILIPPINES - 1988/01/01: A lemur clings to a coke bottle. . (Photo by Roland Neveu/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Bottles of Coca-Cola, Tab, and Sprite on the shelf of a grocery store in New York City, USA, September 1988. (Photo by Barbara Alper/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - JANUARY 16: Bottles of Coca-Cola are seen on the shelf at Tower Market January 16, 2004 in San Francisco, California. Coca-Cola is being investigated by U.S. regulators over allegations raised by a former employee that it had inflated its earnings. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - JANUARY 16: Cans of Coca-Cola are seen on the shelf at Tower Market January 16, 2004 in San Francisco, California. Coca-Cola is being investigated by U.S. regulators over allegations raised by a former employee that it had inflated its earnings. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 20: Bottles of Coca-Cola and Diet Coke are displayed on a shelf in an Associated Supermarket in New York Thursday, October 20, 2005. Coca-Cola Co. said third-quarter profit surged 37 percent, the biggest gain in more than a year, as sales rebounded in the U.S. and demand for Powerade sports (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
PARK RIDGE, IL - NOVEMBER 07: 2-Liter bottles of Vanilla Coke as seen in a grocery store November 7, 2005 in Park Ridge, Illinois. Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. has said it plans to discontinue its Vanilla Coke in the US by the end of the year. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 19: A general view of the new aluminum Coca-Cola bottle at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Fall 2009 Collections at Bryant Park on February 19, 2009 in New York City (Photo by Donald Bowers/Getty Images for The Coca Cola Company)
Bottles of Coca-Cola Co.'s Coke brand soda sit on a shelf behind the bar at Smith & Wollensky in New York, U.S., on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010. Coca-Cola Co., the world's biggest soda maker, agreed to buy the North American operations of bottler Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., more than six months after PepsiCo Inc. moved to bring its bottlers in-house to cut costs. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A Coca-Cola bottle is displayed during a preview of the High Museum's new exhibit, "The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100", Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Atlanta. The exhibit, opening Feb. 28, explores the iconic design and creative legacy of the familiar soda bottle as art. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)
A piece by artist Andy Warhol, left, is displayed next to a case of Coca-Cola bottles at the High Museum's new exhibit, "The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100", Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Atlanta. The exhibit, opening Feb. 28, explores the iconic design and creative legacy of the familiar soda bottle as art. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Rita Ora attends photocall to celebrates 100 years of the Coca-Cola Contour Bottle at the Coca-Cola Contour Centenary Bar on March 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)