Drinking diet soda may help control a growing waistline today, but tomorrow or in a few years it may impair eating abilities or ruin a brilliant smile, reports the Youth News Service.
The Professional Journal of the American Hygienists Assn. reports an increase in the number of patients with enamel erosion and even complete tooth decay as a result of diet soda. According to the hygienists, the process by which sugar is extracted from soda creates chemical elements in the drink that have an acidic effect on tooth enamel.
To avoid the rapid erosion of tooth enamel, dentists suggest that diet soda drinkers swallow the soda rapidly, rather than keep it in their mouth. They also suggest using a straw to avoid contact of the soda with the front of the teeth.
Giving up fast food is probably unthinkable for the estimated one in five Americans who eat it on any given day.