We certainly benefit from living in the age of the internet. But an undeniable drawback is that we’re bombarded with information, making it really tough to weed through it all and know what’s good for our oral and overall health and what we should stay away from.
Everyone already knows that sugar is bad for teeth, right? But how many people realize that sugar doesn’t destroy your teeth all by itself?
Your friends at Bayou Dental Group are committed to patient education. During your routine dental cleanings and exams, we can talk to you about strategies that can better fortify your teeth and gums from the harmful effects of bacteria, plaque, and acids that attack your smile.
Today, we’re taking some time to dispel the myth that diet soft drinks are a healthy alternative to regular soft drinks. It’s something that could help you prevent tooth decay and cavities because, after all, knowledge is power!
We also want to remind you to visit your Monroe dentist soon for a comprehensive checkup! You can take advantage of our preventive treatments that provide a barrier against harmful bacteria and acids that threaten your healthy, beautiful smile!
Sugar Isn’t The Only Cause Of Tooth Decay!
Keeping your mouth healthy and cavity-free is a little more complicated than limiting your sugar intake, and we’re going to break down the reasons why so you understand that the ‘sugar-free’ label isn’t a guarantee that you’re drinking something that’s better for your dental health.
Diet Soda Can Still Be A Disaster For Your Smile!
Bad bacteria inside your mouth eats the food particles hiding between your teeth and within the deep grooves of your enamel. This generates harmful acids that wear through soft or vulnerable surfaces of your teeth.
This is why it’s not enough to assume that your sugar-free drinks, like diet soda, are good for your teeth!
Flavored beverages, in most cases, will be high in acidity, and that will do a lot of dental damage! Phosphoric acid in soft drinks, for example, interferes with the body’s ability to absorb calcium, which as you already know, is essential to keeping your teeth and bones strong.
Calcium also remineralizes your tooth enamel, so drinking diet soda isn’t really doing you any favors just because it doesn’t contain sugar.
Does this mean you should avoid soft drinks altogether?
Not necessarily. It just means you should practice moderation, and remember that water should be your main beverage of choice!
Keep Your Teeth Protected!
We offer preventive dentistry services that protect teeth from bacteria and prevent tooth decay. Take advantage of fluoride treatment and dental sealants the next time you visit your Monroe dentist and keep your smile bright, healthy, and cavity-free!