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Diet Soda - Not What the Dentist Ordered

Posted on 3/1/2024 by Dr. Cheryl Freeman
Bottles of Soda"Smile bright with every sip...or do you?"
Diet sodas, the seemingly guilt-free alternative to sugary drinks, may not be as wholesome as they appear. While they eliminate calorie-laden sugars, they pose unique threats to your oral and overall health.

The Acid Assault

Diet sodas are highly acidic, with a pH level below 5.5. This acidity can erode tooth enamel, the protective outer layer of your teeth. Over time, enamel erosion weakens teeth, making them vulnerable to decay and sensitivity.

The Bacterial Buffet

Phosphoric acid, a common ingredient in diet sodas, feeds the bacteria that cause plaque and cavities. These bacteria use phosphoric acid as a substrate to produce acids that attack tooth enamel. The result is an invitation for cavities to take up residence.

Other Health Concerns

In addition to dental implications, diet soda consumption has been linked to other health problems. These include increased risk of weight gain, metabolic syndrome, and heart disease. Artificial sweeteners, often used to replace sugar in diet sodas, may also have negative effects on blood sugar control and appetite regulation.

The Verdict

While diet sodas may save you a few calories, they come at a significant cost to your teeth and overall health. Water remains the best choice for quenching your thirst. For occasional indulgences, opt for unsweetened tea or coffee. If you must consume diet soda, do so in moderation and rinse your mouth with water after drinking it to help neutralize the acidity.

Remember, a bright, healthy smile is priceless. By avoiding diet soda and making healthier choices, you can preserve your teeth and maintain a strong and beautiful smile.

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Dr. Bryan Freeman and Dr. Cheryl Freeman

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Asheboro, NC 27203-5469

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