Which is Better for My Teeth?
When most patient ask Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones this question, they’re thinking strictly about sugar content-cut out the bacteria-feeding sugar that present in regular soda by opting for a diet soda and it will be better for your teeth. That seems logical right? Well, there’s a bit more to it than that. Let’s take a closer look at how any kind of soda can affect your dental health.
Diet Soda & Regular Soda
The main culprit in these diet drinks that leads to decay is the acid content. Diet sodas and other sugar-free drinks are usually highly acidic, which weakens the enamel on your teeth and makes them more susceptible to cavities and dental erosion. The level of phosphoric acid, citric acid, and or tartaric acid is usually high in sugar free drinks so it’s best to avoid them.
So now that we know the acidity of diet sodas and sugar-free-drinks contributes to tooth decay, so what about regular soda? Like we alluded to earlier, regular soda is high in sugar-a 12 ounce can contains roughly ten teaspoons of sugar- and sugar feeds the decay-causing bacteria in the mouth.
The problem caused by both diet and regular soda is exacerbated when you sip on them throughout the day. If you drink it all in one sitting, you won’t be washing sugar and or acids over your teeth all day long and your saliva will have a chance to neutralize the pH in your mouth.
Still have questions about soda, sugar and acid? Give our office a call (615)822-8262 we’d be happy to help!