Posted on: 18 March 2015Share
Juices, sugarless drinks, or diet soft drinks may seem like healthy (or healthier) choices, but they're still not always the best thing for your teeth. Many people assume that by switching to these beverages, they're doing their whole body a favor. You may be making a better choice, but if you don't consider your teeth, then your choice isn't as great as you thought.
Diet and Sugar-Free Sodas
Some time ago there was a whole lot of talk because a dentist published a paper comparing the effect of drinking diet soda to the effect of using methamphetamines. It was kind of a skewed example as there were only three participants in the study and none of them were typical of a cross section of people.
However, the study did highlight one thing people need to stay aware of. Drinking diet soda or sugar-free soda is still not good for your teeth.
Even people who understand how tooth decay works can fall into the trap created by these types of sodas. After all, sugar reacting with bacteria is what creates the acid that eats at your enamel. So if there's less sugar, or even no sugar, it shouldn't be as bad right?
Well here's the thing. These sodas already have acid in them. So there's no need for the chemical reaction to occur.
Phosphoric and Citric Acids
Phosphoric acid will certainly erode enamel. As an acid it has a number of valid uses, but it isn't nice to teeth. Not all sodas contain phosphoric acid, but many do. Make sure to check the labels of the soft drink you plan to purchase. The same goes for citric acids. These are added to many sodas as well, but they're heavily present in juices of all types.
Dealing with Acids
You don't have to quit drinking sodas or citrusy juices. Many people know the dangers of acids, but for some reason they don't associate those dangers with the things they eat and drink.
Understand that acid, even mild ones like carbonic acid (also found in sodas) can only do the amount of damage you allow them to. Here's what you can do to mitigate the effect acid has on your teeth.
- Cut back on sodas and citrusy drinks
- Drink more water
- Eat foods to balance the acid when you do drink acidic drinks
- Brush and floss regularly
- Keep up with your routine dental visits
Seeing a dentist is important. The dentist can let you know if they're seeing signs of decay in your mouth. Don't worry, you can enjoy your drinks. Just make sure you drink your sodas and juices responsibly. Acid can do a lot of damage, but you have the final say on how much of it you let come in contact with your teeth. Talk to experts like Alpen Dental teeth whitening for more information.