Are Sugar Free Drinks Bad For Your Teeth?
With so many health concerns about added sugar in your diet, you might be thinking of replacing your sugar-infused drinks with sugar-free drinks or even citrus fruit juices. It would be nice to say that you have nothing to worry about, but there are a few things you may want to consider. Sadly, some of the alternatives to sugar-infused drinks can unfortunately be detrimental to your teeth.
Some people who go sugar-free find refuge in sugar-free sodas. People get used to the taste, which can make the sugar-free diet bearable, but there is a problem. The acidic content in the beverage can hurt your teeth. Too much of this acid can erode your enamel, which makes you susceptible to cavities. The enamel is a natural film made up of minerals that covers your teeth and fends off bacteria.
You love getting your dental cleanings and a clean bill of health when you visit your dentist, which might have inspired you to cut down on sugary drinks. Turning to citrus fruit juices might seem like a good option, but this should not be drank in excess either. Researchers found that a citrus drink can reduce the hardness of your enamel by 84 percent. If you have been drinking too many citrus delights, there is no need to worry. It is possible that the damage can be reversed. A trip to the dentist for a check up is your first priority, you will want to make sure that everything is okay. Your dentist may then provide some steps you might take to help reverse enamel-related issues such as starting a calcium rich diet.
You might think Dr. Dan Casel and the specialists at Florida Premier Dentistry want you to stop drinking all together, but this is not true. In fact, there are a few drinks that are tooth-friendly. For example, it is okay to have the occasional cup of milk. This drink contains calcium and vitamin D. You might know that vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, and your teeth are mostly made of calcium.
Water with a positive pH value or at least a neutral pH value is also encouraged. You may find this water in health food stores, online, or even at a local spring where the water is tested and pure. Bacteria flourish when the pH value in your mouth is acidic, which explains why these oral pathogens love when you drink something like a soda that contains processed sugar.
Those who love tea should rejoice; it seems that certain teas do not have a strong effect on the enamel of your teeth, like black tea or green tea. Both teas contain antioxidants that will help reduce any oxidative stress that your gums might be suffering from. The tea may also repair any damage afflicted on the gums by gingivitis.
Now, you should know that it is okay to enjoy a glass of lemonade or orange juice or even a diet soft drink at times; just try not to make it a part of your normal routine. Regular brushing after meals and especially following any sugary or acidic beverages is a must. You can also talk to Dr. Casel’s team to find out the overall state of your teeth, which will inform you of how much your teeth can handle at any given time.