Is Soda Really That Bad for Your Teeth If It's Sugar-Free?
Posted on 12/30/2019 by City Smiles DC
You may already know that sugar is bad for your teeth. The bacteria in our mouths love to eat sugar, and a steady supply of sugar means that they are able to reproduce more quickly. One drink many dentists tell their patients to avoid is soda.
That is because soda usually contains loads of sugar for bacteria to keep on reproducing. You may think sugar-free soda is better for your teeth since there's no sugar in it, however, this isn't the case. Sugar-free soda can still damage your teeth.
Why It Is Bad One reason sugar-free soda is still damaging to the teeth is the carbonation in the soda. While carbonation isn't necessarily bad by itself, a reaction occurs in our mouth that causes carbonation to turn into a chemical known as carbonic acid. If the name isn't scary enough, carbonic acid damages our teeth by wearing away at their enamel.
Anything that is acidic can damage our teeth's enamel, making soda a drink that needs to be avoided. Unlike other things in our body, enamel can't be regenerated, which means taking care of it is even more important.
Another reason soda is bad for your teeth is its color. Many sodas contain artificial coloring. Some colors are worse than other, dark sodas being the worst. Artificial coloring stains our teeth and causes them to go from a bright white to a dull yellow. The acidity plus the artificial coloring is especially bad for our teeth because our enamel is weakened by the acid, making staining easier.
Of course, drinking soda occasionally isn't the worst thing in the world. For the health of your teeth, however, we recommend choosing a soda that is only lightly carbonated and not artificially colored. If you take these steps, you'll be able to enjoy a soda without the guilt. If you would like more information on how foods and drinks can affect your oral health, please give us a call at (202) 539-9499.