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Diet Sodas: The Truth Be Told

  • June 5, 2015

Have you ever noticed people walking around with large cups filled with soda, 16 oz, 32oz, even 64oz. These humongous drinks are sold all over this country. Drinking extra large sodas like these have been linked to a number of illnesses, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and tooth decay. Some cities have even passed bans on these massives drinks in an effort to increase community wellness.

One of the problems with getting people to adopt healthy diets and cut back on their soda consumption is that many people have been convinced that diets sodas are not bad for their health because they do not contain sugar.

When it comes to your oral health, however, sugar is not the only threat to your wellness. Acid is just as bad for your teeth and gums, and diet sodas are loaded with acid. At Holly Dental Care, right here in Holly, MI, we want to keep you informed with accurate information about the food and drinks you choose, so that you can make healthy choices.

The True Nature of Tooth Decay

There is no denying that sugar is a major contributor to tooth decay, but it is far from the only danger to your oral health. A type of bacteria called dental caries is the main cause of tooth decay. This bacteria, which is usually passed from parent to child by sharing spoons, converts sugar to acid. The acid secreted by dental caries eats away at your tooth enamel. The deterioration of your enamel leads to tooth decay.

If tooth decay is caught early, it is fairly easily treated with a filling, but if it goes untreated, an infection could develop and then a root canal may be needed. If it’s too late for a root canal, then an extraction will help keep the infection from spreading.

The Dangers of Diet Soda

Diet sodas are increasingly popular due, at least in part, to their lack of sugar. But what diet soda lacks in sugar, it makes up for in acid content.

Phosphoric Acid – Quick quiz: what is used to flavor diet sodas and to strip rust from metal? That’s right. It’s phosphoric acid. Used to enhance the carbonation in soda, and to give it that extra bite, phosphoric acid does a lot of damage to your teeth. No only does it eat away at your enamel, it inhibits your body’s ability to repair your teeth. Phosphoric acid blocks your body’s ability to absorb calcium, which is used to remineralize your enamel.

Citric Acid – This chemical is one of the most common drink flavoring additives there is. It can be found in numerous beverages, including fruit juices and sports drinks. It is hard to get away from the dangers of citric acid. So, you have to be sure to take care that your daily dental hygiene routine will fight the unhealthy effects of citric acid.

Water Is the Way to Go

The worst part drinking large amounts of diet soda every day is that you are likely not drinking water. Some people think that since water is the most plentiful ingredient in soda, that it is the same as drinking water, but that is not the case. The chemicals in diet soda, including phosphoric and citric acid, negate the benefits of what water is in the soda.

Water will keep you hydrated so that your mouth will generate plenty of saliva when you eat. Saliva is your mouth’s first defense against tooth decay and gum disease. Saliva contains antibacterial properties that fight dental caries, and it will neutralize any acids in your mouth before they can damage your teeth.

On top of all that, water will simply keep your mouth clean by rinsing away food particles, bacteria, and acid. So, you can combat the effect of a lot of unhealthy foods, including diet soda, by drinking water afterwards.

Visit Holly Dental Care

Another way to combat the effects of drinking diet sodas is to come to our office in Holly, MI for regular cleanings and examinations. We will be able to clean the hard to reach areas of your mouth, as well as detect the early signs of decay so that it can be treated right away.

Contact us now to schedule an appointment.

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