True or false:
Sugar free automatically means better for your teeth.
The answer is actually FALSE!
While sugar-filled drinks like soda and certain juices are well known to be bad for our teeth, recent studies have shown that even sugarless beverages and diet sodas can cause damage as well. Although the sugar substitutes themselves aren’t a problem, many of these drinks contain highly acidic ingredients.
Although sugar is known as a leading cause of cavities, it is not directly: the many bacteria in our mouth actually feed on the sugar which then creates an acidic material, which is what actually causes the erosion. Because of this, beverages with a high acidic content are often more damaging than ones that are sugar filled.
To avoid the negatives associated with consumption of these beverages, here are some things you can do:
- Drink water: water is one of the only beverages that you can consume guilt free in regards to your oral and overall health!
- Avoid juices that are highly acidic such as lemonade and orange juice. If you do consume them, try to rinse your mouth with water when finished.
- Do NOT brush your teeth after drinking diet or regular soda, coffee, or juice: the enamel is weakened at that point and brushing can actually cause more damage.
- Come visit us regularly for check ups: once or twice a year is a myth, we like to see our patients three or four times!
- Check your beverages for citric and phosphoric acid as well as sugar content!
It’s a new year, and that means it’s time for resolutions! Keep your oral health in mind this year and you will notice a world of difference!