Where did carbonated drinks come from?

file0001477605411Have you wondered where your delicious soda came from? How in the world did someone trap air inside of your drink? This article will explain how carbonated drinks came into existence and provide resources for you to try it yourself!

It all started back in the year 1676, when a lemonade company in Paris called the Compagnie de Limonadiers ran a monopoly selling soft drinks, which consisted of water, lemon juice, and honey to sweeten the drink.

Fast forward about 100 years to 1767, when a man by the name of Joseph Priestley, one of Benjamin Franklin’s buddies, discovered a way to “impregnate water with fixed air” as he called it. He placed a bowl of water over fermenting liquor. The water then adapted a taste quite similar to what we now know as mineral water.

After altering his methods, he created an apparatus that was capable of infusing equal amounts of air and water into one in just a half an hour. That apparatus can be seen here. This page also contains information on how to create your own carbonated water!

Apart from the invention of soda water. Priestley is also credited with the discovery of Nitrous Oxide, Hydrochloric Acid, Carbon Monoxide, and Sulfur Dioxide. (Reference)

As a dentist, I actually refrain from carbonated drinks, but if you choose to drink them, that’s fine. Your teeth will be much better off if you at least rinse with some water immediately after drinking soda. To keep your teeth healthiest, I recommend brushing after you consume sugary treats or drinks. I also recommend using an electric toothbrush as this makes it much easier to get your whole mouth clean. My favorites are Sonicare and Oral B.

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