Scrapping added sugars from your diet can benefit your health and decrease your risk for obesity, but swapping them for calorie-free, artificially sweetened alternatives might not work. And according to new research, fake sweeteners might not benefit your dental health, either.
It’s widely accepted that sugar can wreak havoc on your choppers: Mouth bacteria uses sugar to produce acids, which erode and damage the teeth. A recent study from the University of Melbourne’s Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre confirmed that sugar-free foods and drinks can cause significant damage to tooth enamel, too. Researchers found that sugar-free drinks like Diet Coke can soften enamel by 30 to 50 percent.