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sugar free soda houston texas | royal dental usaMost people grew up thinking that sugar was the main cause of cavities. As a result, we have seen a shift in certain habits, such as soda-drinking and the consumption of certain sweets. It would seem logical that choosing a diet soda or other sugar-free beverage (other than water) over sugar-laden beverages would translate into fewer cavities, as would eating sugar-free candies instead of common choices. According to research, this isn’t necessarily true.

Sugar-free Soda

The development of sugar-free beverages has been viewed as a major step-forward in the food industry. Who doesn’t love the idea of enjoying a fizzy, tasty soda without the consequences of added calories? Also, because diet sodas and other diet beverages are sweetened with sugar alternatives, they must be better for teeth, right? Not so fast.

Some of the main ingredients in sugar-free beverages are acidic in nature. Substances such as citric acid are just as hazardous to oral health as sugar. Coupled with carbonation, acidic ingredients can lead not only to cavities, but to all-over erosion. Just like consuming regular soda and beverages, it is advantageous to brush or rinse after sugar-free options.

What about Sugar-free Candy?

Sugar-free candies are not only for diabetics. Many people who are on low-carb diets or otherwise trying to limit sugar intake may reach for these seemingly “healthier” options when craving a sweet treat. The problem is that sugar-free candies are, like diet sodas, often sweetened with ingredients that are overly acidic.

Consuming food products that are lower in sugar or sugar-free may be a choice made first for the lower calorie count. Avoiding sugar is a recommendation made by most nutritionists and weight-loss experts. However, there are other reasons to avoid sugar, such as cavity prevention; and when you look at this goal, it is also important to understand why.

The reason that sugar causes cavities is because it feeds bacteria, which deposit acid onto enamel. This acid weakens the outer layer of teeth, and leads to cavities. So, switching sugar for other acidic ingredients does nothing to protect teeth and oral health as a whole. Whether sugar or sugar-free, brushing or rinsing should be done if you want to avoid cavities.

For the utmost protection, see your dentist regularly! Schedule a visit with the Royal Dental team at (713) 330-7700.

teeth Sensitivity in houston texas at royal dental usaYou shouldn’t cringe when you rinse your mouth after brushing, or when you want to enjoy a cool beverage. If you experience discomfort under certain circumstances, you may have sensitive teeth. This problem is not necessarily a dental condition in and of itself; it is typically a secondary issue caused by something else. One of the potential reasons that you may develop new sensitivity is that a tooth is forming a small cavity. Because this could be the cause of mild pain, we encourage our patients to schedule a visit with us for a prompt examination.

Sensitivity is not always related to decay. Some of the other reasons your teeth may be sensitive include:

  • The way you brush. Understandably, you brush your teeth with the intent to get them nice and clean. To do this, you may have selected a toothbrush with harder bristles rather than softer ones. You may also use more force than necessary when brushing. Lastly, your toothpaste may contain tiny abrasive particles that are supposed to get your teeth whiter. All of these factors can add up to worn enamel, which then translates to sensitivity. Aggressiveness is not necessary to get your teeth clean. Try an electric toothbrush and some good floss. You may also end your hygiene routine with some gentle water irrigation.
  • The way you eat. We really are what we eat. As it pertains to your teeth, your diet can either strengthen enamel, the hard outer layer that protects softer tissues and nerves inside the tooth, or it can hurt it. Erosion is a prevalent problem that dentists are seeing today. This breakdown of enamel is different than decay because it is more widespread around the mouth, rather than localized in one spot where bacteria have collected. Acidic substances like soda and other carbonated beverages, coffee, and fruit juice wash over teeth, making them susceptible to erosion and, thus, sensitivity.
  • Your restorations may also be at the heart of sensitivity. When the border of a filling loses its structure, as it can over time, it is possible that accumulated bacteria can cause the tooth to feel sensitive. Replacing the failing filling should restore comfort and prevent further damage.

Royal Dental offers the care you need to keep your smile healthy. Call (713) 330-7700.


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