Sugar-Free Drinks & Snacks – Are They Still Bad for Your Teeth?

Cutting out the excess sugar in your diet will definitely be in your best interest not just for your waistline but for your oral health. Typically, tooth decay occurs when harmful bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar and produce acids. These acids remove minerals in your tooth’s enamel and cause cavities over time.

Sugar substitutes, such as those found in sugar-free drinks and snacks, will typically lessen your risk of suffering from dental decay. One of the most commonly used sugar substitutes is Xylitol. It is a natural sweetener derived from plants. Xylitol is used in products like chewing gum, breath mints, toothpaste, etc. It is known to prevent bacterial growth in your mouth, thus fighting cavities. Xylitol also increases the amount of saliva in your mouth which helps to buffer these acids.

While those sugar substitutes have several benefits, there are, unfortunately, other ingredients in many of those sugar-free snacks and drinks that are not good for your teeth.

So what can you do to protect your pearly whites? The following are some of the things you may want to try:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Our phone number is (310) 454-0912. Dentistry by Design is located at 881 Alma Real Drive, Suite 205A, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Disclaimer: This article is for educational and informational purposes only. The information is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for professional medical advice, claims, suggestions, diagnosis, counseling, or treatment of any kind under any circumstances.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Spear Education

As part of our commitment to your oral health, we receive continuing education from Spear.

Holiday Hours

Happy Holidays from all us. It’s been a joyful year and we would like to thank our wonderful patients for making it so. We look forward to seeing all of you in 2015!


Dr. Tapia is hard at work at a CEREC conference, learning about all of the latest technology to make the perfect crown for your teeth!

Whitening Your Teeth: What You Should Know

Teeth whitening remains one of the most economical and conservative procedures available to enhance ones smile. Over a life time, teeth will get discolored for different reasons.

Our Coloring Contest Winners!

Thank you to all the wonderful children who entered our Coloring Contest to raise awareness for Children’s Dental Health. We have contacted the winners individually and would like to share their awesome drawings with you today. Have a great week, and keep