Wrong! As it turns out, diet soda, even without sugar, poses only marginally less of a threat than it’s sugar-laden counterpart. To put it another way, both diet and regular soda have levels of acidity that are almost as high as stomach acid, which is extremely acidic. Dr. Grubb warns about the toll this acidity takes on your teeth and why it makes diet drinks just about as bad as their regular variations when it comes to your smile.
There are notable advantages to creating diet versions of soda. As the name implies, diet sodas have zero calories which makes them a viable option for those who are trying to lose weight. Plus, the lack of sugar in diet soda makes it so diabetics and others who must control their blood sugar are able to enjoy soda as well. These advantages of diet soda are all valid, but it’s important to note that the benefits do not extend to your teeth.
Many foods contain some amount of acid, but certain foods and drinks contain a large amount that jeopardizes the health of your smile. Regardless of sugar content, carbonated sodas are loaded with acid that can corrode your enamel through a process called dental erosion.
One distinguishing fact about dental erosion is that it’s caused specifically by acids rather than the bacteria of your mouth. It’s also worth noting that soda, including diet soda, is the leading cause of dental erosion. Since the enamel on our teeth doesn’t grow back, when it’s lost to dental erosion it can lead to significant dental damage in your mouth. One thing that will reduce the risk of dental erosion is calcium, a mineral found in milk and other dairy products.
Doctors Matthew Rodgers and Anthony von Fraunhofer were researchers at the University of Michigan who sought to assess whether diet soda was safe for the teeth. In their landmark experiment, they gave regular and diet soda to participants and took precise measurements of the enamel that dissolved. The results were remarkably similar, showing that after 14 days, regular soda had dissolved 3.0 mg/cm² of enamel while diet soda had dissolved 2.8 mg/cm².
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