Sugar will rot your teeth right out of your skull. Everyone knows that, right?
So even if diet soda won’t help you lose weight (it WON’T)…even if it can actually cause diabetes (it DOES)…even if switching to a sugar-free soft drink can boost your risk of heart attack and stroke (it’s TRUE)…you’d think making the swap would at the very least save your teeth.
Once again, diet soda can’t deliver on one of its most basic promises — new research finds that sugar-free junk is just as bad for your chompers as the sugar-soaked garbage you’re trying to avoid.
The problem isn’t just the sugar. Think of any soft drink container as a mini toxic waste dump — because diet and regular soda as well as “sports drinks” contain enough chemicals to start your own mad science lab.
And most of them are practically bubbling over with tooth-rotting acids.
Of the 23 diet and regular products tested by researchers from Australia, nearly all caused some damage to the dental enamel, the protective layer that’s supposed to stop sugar and bacteria from eating at your teeth.
That enamel is supposed to be the strongest stuff in your body. But throw a little of the acids found in soda on it, and it practically disintegrates, with most drinks softening dental enamel by between 30 percent and 50 percent, according to the study.
The researchers recommend reading the ingredients carefully to avoid any drinks with citric acid and phosphoric acid.
I’ve got a much simpler common-sense solution: Avoid all soft drinks, sports drinks, “energy” drinks and “juice drinks.” Whether they contain acid or not, they’re bad for your teeth and worse for your body.
And if you want to take action to protect your teeth, don’t mess around with fluoride, either, whether it’s from toothpaste, a dental rinse or anything else (including your tap water).
Care for your teeth the natural way: Make your own toothpaste for pennies by mixing 3 percent hydrogen peroxide — the kind you can get in any drugstore or supermarket — with baking soda.
Rinse with the peroxide, and you’ll have the cleanest mouth around.