Most people understand that soda is bad for their teeth; however, few realize just how sugary these beverages really are. The average can of soda contains enough high fructose corn syrup to equal about 10 teaspoons of sugar. High amounts of sugar fuel plaque buildup which promotes tooth decay. In an attempt to sidestep this problem, many people drink diet sodas, made from artificial sweeteners. Unfortunately, a new study suggests that these beverages aren’t any better for our teeth.

Similar to Illicit Drugs

New research indicates that diet sodas may be worse than traditional sugary sodas when it comes to harming teeth. Published in General Dentistry magazine, the study determined that sugar-free sodas are actually more acidic than typical sodas. In fact, researchers say that diet sodas are so acidic, they harm teeth about as bad as methamphetamine or crack cocaine.

What’s the Similarity?

Many illicit drugs damage teeth by reducing the saliva in a user’s mouth. Without this saliva to rinse and protect against plaque build-up, tooth decay often follows. According to the researchers who conducted the study, diet soda has a similar effect because it overwhelms teeth with more acid than saliva can protect against.

Our Choices Matter

Tooth decay is big problem that can have big consequences. Over time, plaque buildup can cause cavities, which can ultimately result in painful, costly treatments. To keep your teeth healthy, avoid acidic beverages. Additionally, maintain regular dental checkups and cleanings to ensure that small cavities don’t become big dental problems.

Nip it in the Bud

Cavities can be prevented using dental sealants, good dental hygiene, and regular check-ups. Unfortunately, many people don’t even realize they have cavities until it’s too late. To ensure that your mouth is healthy and cavity free, contact Smile Columbia or call (803) 781-9090 to schedule a checkup with¬†Dr. Paul or Dr. Adam Hahn.