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Are diet soft drinks bad for my teeth? [ video ]


Hi, It’s Dr. Shehan from Dentists of Ivanhoe Central. Today I’d like to talk to you a little bit about diet soft drinks versus regular soft drinks.

Now, over the last decade or so there’s been a huge shift in people having diet soft drinks, or zero sugar soft drinks, versus having normal soft drinks.

Now, if you’re worried about the sugar content in these drinks, diet and the zero sugar drinks are fantastic, because they’ve got very little sugar to no sugar in them.

If you look at how acidic these two drinks are, the diet soft drinks are only marginally less acidic than the normal soft drink and that’s really bad news for your teeth.

Whenever you have a really acidic drink in your mouth what it does, it washes away your enamel and also helps create holes in your teeth.

What we recommend is give up these drinks altogether if you can, or at least minimize the intake that you have.

Now, there are some people out there who would be really struggling to give up these drinks so there are a few things you can do to minimize the damage that actually happens to your teeth.

Now, one of the ways is to use a straw. By drinking through a straw you will minimize the amount of contact that the drink will have with your teeth.

Also, if you can drink, have your drink really fast rather than sipping on it for hours and hours that’s going to reduce the amount of time that this acidic drink is in contact with your teeth.

Another way you can minimize the damage is to neutralize your mouth after you have this acidic drink by having a glass of water or rinsing your mouth with water. You can also chew sugar-free gum.

Lastly, avoid brushing your teeth straight after you have an acidic drink. Once again, if you brush straight away you’re going to cause some damage to your teeth, so at least wait for half an hour.

In summary, the diet soft drinks are only marginally less destructive than the regular soft drinks. Thank you for watching.

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