Diet coke is just as bad for your teeth as full fat coke…

Many people drink diet coke because it has no sugar and no calories, this is stated on the can in most cases. As to whether it has sugar makes no difference at all to the healthiness of the drink and in fact, the worry is, if there is no sugar or calories, what is it actually made up of?

Diet Coke Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Colour (Caramel E150d), Sweeteners (Aspartame, Acesulfame K), Natural Flavourings Including Caffeine, Phosphoric Acid, Citric Acid. Contains a Source of Phenylalanine

 Most of those ingredients stated above I for one have never even heard of! Have you?

 Although there is no sugar content in diet coke, in order to make it as sweet as it is, sugar has been replaced with sweeteners which are still very harmful to your teeth.

 If you’re a tea and coffee drinker you will already know about caffeine, caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. It is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug, but — unlike many other psychoactive substances — it is legal and unregulated in nearly all parts of the world. Why don’t you research all the other ingredients you haven’t heard of to see how they affect you?

 The other reason why ALL carbonated drinks are not good for your teeth is because of the high level of acid which makes the drinks fizzy and anything that is fizzy is harmful to your teeth…including fizzy water itself. Why? Acidic drinks demineralize and soften the tooth surface, making it more susceptible to physical damage. This is called acid erosion. When the enamel is worn away, the dentine underneath is exposed, which may lead to pain and sensitivity.

If you want to drink a fizzy drink like coke, the best time for you to have it is with your meal and limit sugar and acid intake between your meals. Any additional sugar and/ or acid attacks during the day will expose your teeth to sugary bacteria (which causes tooth decay) and won’t give your mouth a chance to repair itself.

If you would like to know more about how to protect your teeth from acid erosion, why not come and speak to us….