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Even Sugar-Free Drinks Can Damage Your Teeth

Posted on 9/15/2015 by Dr Wael Garine
An orange sugar free sports drink.Do you think that by choosing a drink that claims to be sugar-free that you are protecting your teeth? Think again! Oral health experts are warning the public against drinking sugar-free beverages, as sporting a sugar-free label doesn't make the drink tooth-friendly. In fact, many of these drinks are just as damaging as beverages that contain sugar.

New Study Looks at Sugar-Free Drinks

A study was recently completed at the University of Melbourne's Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre in which 22 different types of sugar-free beverages were examined.

These included sports and soft drinks, and the findings showed that these beverages still caused significant damage to the enamel even without the sugar. This is because the drinks still contained highly acidic additives.

Dental experts tend to agree that the use of sugar substitutes like Xylitol have helped to reduce tooth decay, but this new research suggests that the chemical composition of certain beverages can still make them harmful to the teeth. This study found that both sugar-free and regular soft drinks can result in a measurable loss of enamel, and there was no significant difference noticed between the two different types of drinks.

The Importance of Understanding Product Labels

Researchers from the University of Melbourne concluded that just because a product claims to be sugar-free doesn't mean that it is safe for your teeth. Even sugar-free products that have been labeled as "tooth-friendly" were ultimately found to be erosive, resulting in significant damage to the enamel.

If you want to find a sugar-free beverage that is safe for your teeth, it is important to know what to look for on product labels. Check the list of ingredients to look for acidic additives. If phosphoric acid or citric acid is listed, these are signs that you should steer clear of a product.

Additionally, if you do drink one of these acidic products, you should wait an hour before brushing your teeth, as brushing right away could result in removing the softened enamel layer.

Please contact us if you have any questions about Sugar-free drinks.

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