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By Golden Dental
June 16, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: soda   nutrition  

We’ve probably all heard someone say that drinking soda will “rot your teeth” and are aware that soda is bad for our health. But what sodaabout diet soda? Is this drink any better than the real thing? Unfortunately, diet soda can have adverse affects on your health just as much as regular soda. Find out more about diet soda and your teeth with help from your Lancaster, CA dentist at Golden Dental.

Reasons to Avoid Diet Soda

  • Tooth Decay: Tooth decay begins with the acids and sugars in certain foods or drinks feeding the natural bacteria which live in the mouth. When this happens, the bacteria forms plaque, which eventually hardens into tartar. Plaque and tartar are the first signs of tooth decay and gum disease, both of which lead to tooth loss and other complications. Soda, both diet and regular, is full of these acids and sugars and create a perfect storm for your mouth’s natural bacteria.
  • Disease: Just because a diet soda says there is no sugar inside does not make it safe to drink. Studies have shown that artificial sweeteners like aspartame used in diet sodas are linked to diseases like diabetes and obesity and have the same effect on your blood sugar as actual sugar.
  • Weight Gain: Weight gain comes with a slew of its own medical problems. Staying fit and active is a crucial part of staying healthy. However, diet soda has been linked to more cases of diabetes than regular soda. You do not avoid soda’s affect on your weight by drinking diet soda.

What can I do to avoid the effects of diet soda on my teeth? 
The best way to avoid the effects of diet soda is to eliminate it from your diet altogether. While drinking diet soda may be a difficult habit to break, cutting it out of your diet has many health benefits. In addition to being bad for your teeth, the acids in diet soda also affect your digestive system and cause weight gain. If you do drink a diet soda, rinse it down with a glass of water afterward. This limits the time that the acids in soda are in contact with your teeth and decreases the chance of soda-related tooth decay.

If you are worried about the effects that soda has had on your teeth, please contact Dr. Roland Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA. Call 661-948-8100 to schedule your appointment today!

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