Most people are aware that drinking sugary drinks and eating sugary foods is bad for your teeth. Sugar builds up between teeth causing plaque and, as bacteria feed on starch, they produce acids which lead to erosion. It would seem then, that by taking the sugar out of soft drinks, the problem would be solved. Not exactly…
While diet sodas contain little to no actual sugar, they’re still made with highly acidic, harmful ingredients that lead to decay and erosion.
Campbell Family Dentistry in Roseburg, OR recognizes that conflicting marketing information can make it difficult to determine how to best care for your teeth. We are committed to providing our patients with outstanding care as well as information for a healthy mouth outside the office. With this, read on to learn more about the harmful effects of diet soda below.
Why is Diet Soda Bad for Your Teeth?
Most people assume that diet drinks are better for their teeth because they don’t have the sugar content of regular sodas. In actuality, these beverages are just as harmful, if not more so, for your teeth and overall health. Diet sodas are chalk full of highly acidic ingredients that also wear away at protective enamel. In fact, studies have shown that drinking juice and soda decreases enamel’s hardness by 84%!
Some of the acidic ingredients in diet and regular soda include Phosphoric acid, Citric acid and Tartaric acid. Phosphoric acid is particularly problematic as it directly interferes with and dissolves the calcium that makes up your teeth. Without a strong structure or enough enamel to protect them, teeth begin to erode paving the way for decay, cavities and infection. A few other drinks that can be hard on tooth health include coffee, tea, sports drinks, energy drinks, wine and regular sodas.
Which Drinks Are Best for Healthy Teeth?
At this point, you may be wondering which drinks you CAN drink safely. Luckily, there are still many great choices that support good tooth health. Some of the best or better drinks include: Milk, Water, Real fruit juice (juiced at home or fresh), clear herbal tea and natural Root Beer when it comes to sodas. By steering clear of diet sodas and drinking these beverages instead, you will keep your teeth healthy and bright for years to come.
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