We all know that sugar causes cavities. But did you know that diet soda can also damage your teeth? The problem isn’t the sugar, of course, but the fact that the citric and phosphoric acids in these drinks alter the pH balance in the mouth. This can cause enamel erosion over time, especially since people imbibe more soda than ever before, most likely because they think it’s safe.
According to the National Soft Drink Association, the average American swallows around 44 gallons of regular and diet soda per annum. The damage these beverages do cannot be reversed and often cause serious dental issues later on in life. In addition to cavities, soda pop can cause dental sensitivity and pain. How does it happen?
Once the enamel has been compromised, cold or hot beverages can easily reach the tooth’s nerve, causing discomfort or pain. The problem is even more difficult to deal with than a cavity, since it cannot be corrected with a filling. Once the enamel has been destroyed, there’s really nothing a dentist can do. The patient simply has to live with tooth sensitivity for the rest of his/her life.