COPYRIGHT NOTICE: We reserve the right to pursue unauthorized users of written content and images copied from this website according to DMCA. December 1, 2012 by Nicholas Calcaterra DDS 25 Comments Dental MythBuster #2 – Diet Soda is Better than Regular Soda for my Teeth. Diet soda is only marginally less destructive to your teeth than regular soda.  Frequent, daily consumption of either diet soda or regular soda will significantly increase the likelihood of dental cavities. Frequent consumption of diet soda will place you at increased risk for dental decay, resulting in the need for dental fillings. Tooth cavities only came about with the introduction of sugar, so something without sugar is less armful on the teeth. When I look at the study it seems that most acidity in Coke light comes from carbonic acid (quick disintegration, fast pH rebuild) but regular Coke has some other (or more) acid aded + in long term supports acid producing bacteria growth. If I had, you likely never would have come across this article (nor would the thousands of other readers) as Google knows what types of articles people will likely read… and thus displays them more prominently in the search results. And remember, the pH of nearly all diet sodas are below 5.5, the pH at which enamel will demineralize.
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If you drink diet soda as a means to cut your calories and control your weight, it is likely failing you. Past studies have suggested that artificial sweeteners disrupt the brain-based circuits involved in weight control, ultimately driving appetite and increased food intake, which may explain the study’s findings. Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?That's about 8-10 glasses.Next time when you reach for a Coke, you may want to remember this water vs Coke info.

And don't think that diet drinks are healthier; these are sweetened with aspartame, which according to Dr. This website is not designed to, and should not be construed to, provide medical advice to you or any other individual for diagnosing, treating or curing any disease and is not intended as a substitute for medical or professional care and treatment. Please do not copy or unscrupulously reuse the content of this website for commercial purposes.
And if the decay is not treated in a timely fashion, you could end up needing crowns, root canals, or even having the tooth or teeth extracted, requiring dental implants!  Keep that in mind next time you reach for that Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi. How much mass does a tooth lose when immersed in regular drinking water for the same amount of time? And from the study in the comment above orange juice is worse for your teeth than diet soda. You’re noting that sugar and acid are the main culprits for the lost of mass of the teeth. To me, that’s akin to saying that dying by lethal injection is better than dying by hanging. Maybe my genetics (combined with good diet, dental hygiene, and regular cleanings) have helped me get lucky. Attempting to generalize based on the experience of one person is not how scientific studies are done. By using this site you agree to hold me harmless from any ramifications that occur to you as a result of acting on information found on this site. By using this site, you agree to hold me harmless of any release of protected health information that may occur as a result of posting here. Readers may to link to this content, but reproduction on other websites without permission is prohibited.
In a new report published by researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, overweight adults who drink diet soda consume more food calories and snack more than overweight adults that drink sugary beverages. My take is that for optimal health and weight control, ditch both diet and regular soda and drink water instead. You may find the "water or Coke" comparison quite disturbing--just like the video below about the dangers of sugary drinks. Mercola,  increases your appetite and carb cravings, worsens insulin sensitivity, stimulate fat storage causing greater weight gain than sugar, among many other negative effects.

You can reproduce limited parts of it for non-commercial use only, as long as you include an active link back to this site. After sucrose began being imported into the West Indies, dental caries in the area sky rocketed. At that point, the enamel is weaker, and the mechanical action of the toothbrush will accelerate the loss of the enamel.
A better way of stating it is that they are both bad for your teeth, but regular Coke is worse. The diet sodas are the low angle UV rays that travel through 5 times more ozone and the sugar sodas are like high angle UV rays that do significantly more damage at a significantly faster rate. To make this determination, the researchers used data from the 1999–2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Your hunter-gatherer ancestors did this for thousands of years so I know you can do it too! In fact, there are over 92 different health dangers associated with aspartame consumption, including brain damage, birth defects, diabetes, emotional disorders, a 50% increased risk of obesity, etc.In another shocking news, Reuters reported in March 2010 the results of a Danish study confirming that drinking over 32 oz of Coke daily may reduce sperm count in men by nearly 30%.
In general, as you look at the data, the less acidic a beverage is, the less mass the teeth lost.
Kinda like saying that being put to death by lethal injection is much better than a firing squad… in my mind, neither option is good! NHANES is an on-going study that carefully monitors the diet and health of a large representative sample of the US population.
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The microbiology is well-known: a bacteria uses sucrose to build a glue that it uses to stick to the teeth and break down the enamel.

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