A lot of people think that drinking sugar free drinks will help protect their teeth from damage. However research shows that sugar free drinks can damage your teeth and that pure water is therefore preferable. Doctors Health Press reported on Nov. 30, 2015, your teeth can be harmed by sugar free drinks.
It has become very well known that teeth can be harmed by sugary drinks which promote tooth decay. It has been suggested by findings in research from the University of Melbourne that some sugar-free drinks may cause just as much harm to teeth. The additives which are present in many sugar-free drinks can cause tooth decay.
The problem is associated with acidity. Consider that bacteria which are in the mouth use sugar for the production of acid which can dissolve the enamel of teeth. Acidic drinks may also lead to erosion of teeth even if they do not have any sugar. Acidic drinks include diet sodas, sports drinks and mineral waters.
The primary components of sugar-free soft drinks which have been found to be responsible for high acidity include citric acid, phosphoric acid, sodium citrate, and tartrates. The majority of sugar-free drinks such as diet soda and sports drinks have at least one of these substances in them. Instead of these drinks it’s a good idea to drink more water between meals.
Medical News Today reports a sugar-free label on a drink does not automatically make that product friendly for teeth. Oral health experts have urged consumers to be aware of the potential for sugar-free beverages and confectionery to cause as much damage as those drinks which contain sugar.
Sugar forms a plaque on the tooth surface which bacteria digest and than convert to acid. It is this acid which harms teeth by dissolving the outer layers of the enamel of teeth. Therefore drinks which are acidic whether or not they contain sugar can also lead to erosion of teeth. It therefore really is a good idea to drink more fresh water instead of sugary and sugar free drinks.