People will often times turn to sugar-free candy, drinks, gum, mints, and other things because they think that decreasing sugar from their diet is healthier. And while that is true for your general health, what about for your teeth? As dentists, this is our speciality and what we are considered about. Oral health is overall health.
Some of the worst things for your teeth are diet sodas, citrus fruits, & other sugar-free drinks. Some of the sugar-free ingredients include higher levels of acidity. The acid will wear down the enamel on your teeth and the enamel is what protects your teeth.
Once the enamel of your teeth is gone then the softer part of your teeth becomes exposed and your teeth have no protection. Without protection, your teeth will become more sensitive to hot or cold food/drinks. Along with being more susceptible to cavities and tooth decay, and other negative impacts. This can also result in needing fillings, veneers, crowns, and sometimes even root canals.
If you still want to consume sugar-free things we recommend:
Cutting down on the sugar intake is never a bad idea for your overall health. But when your teeth/mouth health also includes your overall health – don’t forget the effect you are having on your teeth and gums with what you eat and drink.
If you have any questions about your teeth, gums, or mouth you can contact us on our website, learn more about our office and dental team, or give us a call at (781) 853 – 0111 and we are happy to help. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, it’s best to schedule an appointment.