Are Diet Sodas Good For Your Teeth?
- Posted on: Sep 15 2023
Most are aware that sugar can be damaging to your teeth. Keeping sugar intake in moderation can be a viable oral healthcare option. It stands to reason that sugar-free options of your favorite drinks, like diet sodas, are the healthier option, at least for your teeth.
Unfortunately, that isn’t true. Studies suggest that diet sodas cause the same dental harm as regular sodas, if not more. Let’s look at why diet sodas still cause so much harm and what you can do once the damage has gone too far with mouth restoration.
Does Diet Soda Cause As Much Harm As Regular Soda?
Despite the low sugar content in diet sodas, they can be just as harmful, if not more. One study found that some diet sodas are more clinically degrading to teeth than their regular counterparts.
The reason could be that some diet sodas have more acid types in their ingredient list. Regardless of why, the issue is that diet sodas do cause just as much harm.
Some of that harm could be:
- Enamel erosion
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods
- Tooth decay
- Tooth loss
If you’re worried about finding alternatives to diet sodas, water is a good option for oral health. Diet soda is still ok when enjoyed in moderation so long as you don’t consider it an orally healthy option.
What Do You Do if Tooth Decay Has Already Happened?
Luckily, there are many ways to address tooth decay, depending on the severity and stage of your decay.
You’ll likely need a dental filling if you have a dental cavity. This one-visit treatment has fillings that look just like your teeth and can fulfill cosmetic and functional dental goals.
Should your oral decay be more advanced, with multiple progressed cavities, or if you’ve lost teeth, you may need a full-mouth restoration.
Full-mouth restoration uses different dental restoration techniques, from veneers to dental implants. Consulting with a dentist can allow you to choose the best dental restoration route. Each restoration method will allow you to regain your ability to chew and smile.
Paul Covell, DDS Can Help Your Teeth
If you’re suffering from dental decay, don’t delay. In some instances, lost teeth can result in a phenomenon known as jaw bone resorption, where the lack of mechanical stress from a missing tooth results in loss of bone, ultimately leading to facial collapse.
Dr. Paul Covell and our amazing team have been serving the city of Pasadena, TX, and surrounding areas, for over 40 years. We would be honored to serve you too.
You can call our practice at 713-943-9832 to contact us.
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