Is Diet Soda Better for Your Teeth?


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Many of us have been told that every diet version of a product is “better for our health” than the “regular” version. 

However, that might not be true regarding our dental and gum health. Studies have shown addiction to diet soda could do as much damage to our smiles as regular sodas – and sugar isn’t even the main culprit. 

Is Diet Soda Bad for Your Teeth? 

Your teeth can become eroded over time as acids in diet sodas, food, and other drinks, wear away at the enamel on your teeth. The enamel is the glossy, protective layer of the tooth. Without this “shield” in place, teeth are more likely to develop cavities, sensitivities, crack, or become discolored. 

The Centre for Oral Health Research found that the acidic nature of diet soda could mean the deterioration of teeth. Citric acid, found in regular and diet sodas, is highly corrosive. 

While many people think diet beverages are harmless, the misunderstanding comes from the fact that decay can be caused by the acidic drink, not just the sugar. 

Does Diet Soda Stain Teeth? 

If you regularly drink diet sodas, be extra weary of dark-colored beverages. When regularly consumed over time, the dark coloring can begin to yellow teeth. 

Before stains become more noticeable, you may want to consider a whitening treatment at your dentist’s office to keep your smile bright. 

How Can I Keep My Teeth Protected From Diet Soda? 

Like anything else, consuming diet drinks should be done in moderation. There are some tips you can use to keep your teeth healthy when drinking soda. 

  1. Use a Straw: using a straw when drinking acidic drinks helps to reduce contact with your teeth. 
  2. Brush Regularly: routinely brushing your teeth, especially after drinking a soda, helps manage any plaque that might build up on your teeth. 
  3. Reduce Consumption: If you are going to drink sodas, a good practice is to set a limit to how much you allow yourself to have. Ensure water, not soda, is your primary drink. 

If you are going to drink soda, rinse your mouth with water after drinking or chewing some sugar-free gum with xylitol, which stimulates saliva.

Related Post: Why Is Xylitol Good for Teeth and Oral Hygiene?

Schedule Regular Dentist Appointments 

Ultimately, enjoying diet sodas in moderation, regularly brushing and flossing, and visiting your dentist twice a year is the key to keeping your smile looking and feeling healthy. 

Schedule your checkup at Northside Dental Clinic in Springfield, MO, or get in touch with our team at (417) 862-2468.