Diet soda and your teeth

Most people are aware that regular soda contains large amounts of sugar that are damaging to your teeth. Did you know that diet soda can also cause tooth decay? Sorbitol, mannitol, and saccharine are sugar substitutes that are found in diet soda.  Bacteria in your mouth feed on both pure sugar and sugar substitutes. The sugar becomes acidic in your mouth; acid causes tooth enamel to erode.

Additionally, the acid that soda contains erodes your tooth enamel and promotes tooth decay. Sugary drinks are not limited to soda. Fruit juice, energy drinks, lemonade, and the like all are damaging to your teeth.

Instead of drinking soda or other sugary drinks throughout the day, sip on water. If you can’t completely eliminate soda from your diet, try limiting the amount of soda you drink. If possible, rinse your mouth with water to neutralize the acid from a sugary drink, then brush and floss your teeth.

This post is sponsored by Plano dentist Dr. Miranda Lacy.