Now, a dentist from Philadelphia dental practice believes that a key to knowing how much damage different food/beverages are doing to your teeth is: “the simpler the sugar, the more damage”. Simple sugars (like the ones in soda and candy) give the bacteria that live in your mouth easy access to energy which promotes growth and multiplication of these dangerous organisms. When you have too much bacteria in your mouth the likelihood of cavities and gum disease is severe. A by-product of having more bacteria in your mouth is that it tends to create a more acidic environment. If you’re not careful your teeth will look awful;Eating and drinking more acidic choices tend to create more problems for your teeth and gums because high acid foods/drinks erode enamel. Examples of acidic beverages include sodas, energy drinks, citrus fruits and drinks (ie Orange Juice) and sports drinks to name a few;I hope you found this informative and interesting, and if you think you may be at risk for developing cavities or gum disease please visit your dentist as early as possible to promote the health of your teeth and gums.