Sugar Substitutes: Can They Cause Cavities?

December 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — meadowbrook @ 8:30 pm
a person putting sugar substitute in their drink

You know the dangers of consuming too much sugar. It is not only harmful to your gut health but also to your teeth. Candies, cookies, and countless other foods contain processed sugar that can put your smile on the fast track to cavities and severe decay, but what about sugar substitutes? Are they just as harmful? Keep reading to find out.

What Makes Sugar & Artificial Sweeteners Different?

Sugar is known to contain a lot of calories; however, artificial sweeteners do not. Instead, they help beverages and foods to taste sweeter but without the worry or concern of a heavy caloric intake.

When it comes to the effects sugar substitutes have on your teeth, you may be surprised to learn that they are less likely to cause tooth decay or cavities.

According to the International Journal of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology (IJBCP), many artificial sweeteners actually work to combat decay. This is possible because their ingredients work to balance the pH in your saliva while also lowering the bad, cavity-causing bacteria.

Are There Any Negative Aspects of Artificial Sweeteners?

In short, yes. Adding too much of these into your diet can have negative effects. One of the ways it can take a toll is by keeping your body from getting the vital nutrients it needs. Sugary beverages as well as those that contain artificial sweeteners are acidic, so they can work to wear down your tooth enamel over time. Although diet sodas that contain no calories will not necessarily hurt your overall health, they also don’t feed your body with essential nutrients.

What Additional Benefits Can Sugar Substitutes Provide?

While it is true that everything can be consumed in moderation, the use of sugar substitutes can be helpful not only in reducing the chances of tooth decay but also:

  • Keep saliva production up and running when choosing sugar-free gum, as this reduces dry mouth.
  • Sugar-free gum (Xylitol) is known to deter bad bacteria that might otherwise try to feed on it. However, some bacteria may absorb it, and when it does, the Xylitol will kill it.
  • Minimizes the cravings you might have for anything that consists of pure processed sugar.

Give your smile the chance to remain cavity-free with sugar substitutes. Not only will you still enjoy the taste of your favorite foods and beverages, but you’ll do so without the extra calories or possible threat of dental decay.

About the Practice
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