It’s well known that Soft Drinks contain high levels of sugar, which fastens the growth of bacteria that causes tooth decay. Unfortunately, the alternative to sugar free soft drinks contain ingredients that are just as likely to damage our teeth. Although sugar-less drinks contain less or no sugar, we must also take into consideration the acidity levels. Acidity is determined upon pH levels. The average range of oral saliva is a pH of 6.2 to 7.6. If the pH levels in saliva begins to drop below 5.5, the acids in your mouth can lead to tooth erosion. To put this into perspective, the most common sugar-less drink Diet Coke, contains a pH of 3.28.
Sugar and Suger-less drinks both contain high levels of citric acid (ingredient number 330), tartaric acid (ingredient number 334) that is commonly found in fruit juices and phosphoric acid (ingredient number 338). All of which can influence the break down of tooth enamel.
Drinks that contain low levels of acidity, helps prevent the break down of enamel. Enamel is the outside protective layer of a tooth. Once enamel has eroded this can unfortunately lead to cavities. In severe cases when left untreated, this can lead to tooth loss.
Scientific research by Matthew M. Rodgers and J. Anthony von Fraunhofer have found fresh water to have the least acidic effect on teeth. Milk is also quite beneficial to your teeth since it helps to restore the pH balance in your mouth.
Cutting down sugars and acidic drinks helps minimize enamel erosion.
Along with considering the beverages that you may consume, it’s vital to maintain good oral hygiene practices at home along with routine dental check-ups to ensure the longevity of your natural teeth. Regular examinations from your nearest dentist can help detect and treat early signs of tooth decay.