With July officially here, the weather is only going to get warmer and the swimsuits are bound to come out. That being said, plenty of people are going to start considering their waistline a little more than they did in the winter.
Due to this, dental implant provider Dr. Assing and the rest of his staff here at Brandon Complete Dental Care have been hearing quite a few patients come in and claim they have made the switch to sugar-free drinks and snacks.
Now, normally this wouldn’t bother us as much as it is right now, but due to the sheer volume that we have been hearing this same proclamation with our staff has decided to share some information with you that might come as a shock.
Sugar-free drinks and snacks aren’t any better for you than the ones that have sugar in them. In fact, they may actually be worse for you and here’s why.
Now, you might be wondering how on earth something without any sugar in it could possibly be bad for your oral health. if there is no sugar then there is no danger to your teeth, right?
Wrong. Very wrong.
A conclusive study that has been released from University of Melbourne’s Oral Health Cooperative Research Center is here to back this statement up.
The study revealed that the acidic additives in artificial sweeteners, in other words, the ingredients that make sugar-free treats taste sweet without having sugar in them, can soften your tooth enamel by thirty to fifty percent.
The study included an examination of twenty-three different types of sugar-free drinks including diet coke and certain sugar-free sports drinks. It was discovered that due to their low pH levels and the acidic additives like phosphorus acid can and will damage the enamel on your teeth if consumed too often. This is regardless of whether or not they contain sugar.
“Many people are not aware that while reducing your sugar intake does reduce your risk of dental decay, the chemical mix of acids in some foods and drinks can cause the equally damaging condition of dental erosion,” explains professor Eric Reynolds, one of the authors of this study and the CEO of the Oral Health Cooperative Centre. “In its early stages, erosion strips away the surface layers of tooth enamel. If it progresses to an advanced stage it can expose the soft pulp inside the tooth.”
This means that your teeth are being left vulnerable to other types of infection that can be caused by what would otherwise be considered normal daily use simply because they are in a soften state.
As an added interesting tidbit, University of Melbourne’s study also included thirty-two different types of sugar-free confections that can be found at any commercial store. Treats with a tangy taste to them were said to do the most damage. The reason for this is because tangy treats contain both phosphoric and citric acid. Both can do substantial damage, so tangy treats are to be regarded with caution.
Our suggestion is that you try and limit your consumption of treats this summer and just eat the ones with normal sugar in them when you do indulge. Treats are meant to be just that – a treat. Not something eaten all the time. The occasional sugary snack will not hurt your teeth. Its when eating them becomes a habit that things can get messy.
Until next time readers, keep smiling.
Dr. Richard Assing
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Brandon, FL 33511
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