Sunday, July 10, 2011

Diet Soda Can be A Smile Killer

A recent study published in the Academy of General Dentistry, concluded that diet sodas can destroy your smile by "softening the enamel on your teeth and weaken healthy tooth structure. Doctors say: "What the diet soda lacks in sugar, it makes up for in acid. It takes seven minutes from the time you take your first sip for the acids to start eroding your teeth."


So what if you just can’t give up the the habit? The best solution is to brush your teeth immediately after drinking so the acids won’t have a chance to settle. When brushing isn’t an option, mouthwash or water is better than nothing.  Now you know!

2 comments:

  1. actually, brushing your teeth immediately after drinking is not recommended because the acidic environment will cause the toothbrush to abrade and essentially wear down even more enamel. It is ideal to rinse with water and/ or chew sugar free gum to increase salivary flow and neutralize pH.

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  2. Exactly! Just because some blogger posts something doesn't mean it's good advice!

    First the acid softens your enamel, then you brush it right off. I unknowingly did this for years, thinking it was the right thing to do. Now I need $1000s in dental work to repair my biting surfaces. Rinse, chew gum or use mouthwash but DO NOT BRUSH right after eating something acidic (cola, tomatoes, orange juice...)

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