By David A Citek DDS
December 16, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Diet Soda  

Find out if this popular soft drink could be damaging your teeth.

Sometimes, particularly on a hot day, it can feel refreshing to snap open a can of soda. The cold, sweet carbonated drink just seems to Soda and teeth hit the spot; however, if you have been an avid soda drinker then you may realize the disadvantages it has for your health.

A Gallup poll performed for the Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity found that 48 percent of Americans they surveyed drank soda on a daily basis. Soda is so pervasive in our culture that it’s actually the leading source of sugar in both children and adolescent’s diets. However, if you’ve switched to sugar-free soda in an effort to curb your sweet tooth, you may be wondering how it affects your smile. Your Houston family dentist has the answer.

What Lies in Sugar-Free Soda?

We all know that the bacteria in our mouths feed off the sugar that we get from soda and other consumables and turn them into acid, which is hard on our teeth. Therefore, we might think that by switching to sugar-free soda that we are doing our mouths a great service; but think again. Diet soda still contains different types of acids, which can attack and damage the surface of your teeth. In fact, each attack can last about 20 minutes and with each sip of your soda, you produce another attack on your tooth’s enamel.

Over time, this exposure to the acids in sugar-free sodas can cause serious and irreversible damage to your teeth such as tooth decay. Since children and adolescents’ tooth enamel has not completely developed yet, they are even more prone to tooth decay when drinking sugar-free beverages.

How Do You Avoid Dental Decay?

The simple answer is to avoid sugar-free sodas if you want to prevent tooth decay; however, this isn’t the only culprit that causes problems for your smile. Children and adults should remove sports drinks and sweetened teas and fruit juices. If you just can’t live without that little burst of liquid sugar, then we highly recommend limiting your intake as much as possible and then brushing and flossing immediately after consuming.

And, as always, maintain good oral hygiene. You should be brushing and flossing twice a day; however, no matter how healthy you are you still need to see your Houston dentist twice a year for your dental cleaning and checkup. After all, this is the best time to make sure your smile remains healthy and clean. Call us today if it’s time to schedule your next appointment with us.

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