July 6, 2023
If you’re trying to make health-conscious choices regarding your diet, one of the first things that you may want to do will be to swap out sugary sodas for sugar-free or diet options. As you probably know, the sugar in soda contains a lot of empty calories that can be pretty rough on your figure.
As you’re also likely aware, that sugar can be seriously damaging to your teeth. You may wonder whether drinking sugar-free soda could be better for your oral health—here’s what you should know about that prospect.
Is Sugar-Free Soda Better For Your Teeth?
While it could be argued that sugar-free soda could be better for your overall health, that really isn’t the case for your teeth. Sugar is one of the biggest reasons why soda is hard on your teeth, but it isn’t the only one—the acidity of soda also plays a prominent role in its effects on your oral health.
Tooth decay is a consequence of acids secreted by bacteria in the mouth eroding the enamel. The acids in soda also contribute to this erosion, making tooth decay even more prominent.
While the sugar in soda is obviously a problem, sugar-free sodas still have an incredibly low pH, and their acidity means that you’re unlikely to see a decrease in cavities due to switching.
What to Drink Instead of Soda
If you’re really concerned about the effects of drinks on your teeth, there are better options you should reach for.
Water is an obvious one—it’s great for your health and you can find it anywhere. If you miss the fizzy feeling of soda, plain sparkling water is also fine for your teeth and can be a fun alternative to what you’d get from the tap.
If you want something with more flavor, tea is also great for your teeth. There are plenty of different kinds of tea, meaning that there’s lots to explore.
About Our Practice
At New Image Dentistry we’ve earned numerous awards and accolades over our 25 years of practice, but the thing that means most to us is the large group of patients who continue to come to us for all of their oral healthcare needs. We pride ourselves on not only being able to offer our patients high-quality dental care, but to do so in an environment that will keep them completely comfortable.
If have any questions about how to adjust your diet to support your oral health, we can be reached at our website or by phone at (210) 804-1558.