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does diet coke rot your teeth?

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007alert Sat 03-Sep-11 10:51:09

I'm dieting. Have found that I can keep hunger at bay with diet fizzy drinks. But I'm worried that they may be rotting my teeth. I know that full sugar coke is terrible for you, does the diet stuff also do bad things? I'm only anticipating having to be hard core about this diet for a month or so, no more, then I can revert to normal drinks. But water just doesn't do it for me at the moment!

pommedechocolat Sat 03-Sep-11 10:53:04

Diet coke is still really bad for teeth - other diet drinks less so - according to my orthodontist in the nineties anyway!

HauntedLittleLunatic Sat 03-Sep-11 10:53:28

Yes. It is as much the fizz (and associated acidity) as the sugar which causeway the damage AFAIK

RamblingRosa Sat 03-Sep-11 11:00:33

Yep. really bad for your teeth. And your gut. It's the acid as much as the sugar.

007alert Sat 03-Sep-11 11:10:08

oh rats. I wonder what else would do the trick? Any ideas?

GettinTrimmer Sat 03-Sep-11 11:18:46

fizzy water? Or is that bad as well?

007alert Sat 03-Sep-11 11:22:49

I doubt fizzy water is bad as it won't be acidic, but I just don't like it! (fussy, I know)

HauntedLittleLunatic Sat 03-Sep-11 11:49:04

It's the carbon dioxide that is used to fizz it that causes the acidity. And as much the fizz causing acidity in the mouth than in the bottle IYSWIM.

Water will be better than other drinks tho.

TwoIfBySea Sat 03-Sep-11 11:50:31

If the fizz doesn't get you the aspartame will.

TwoIfBySea Sat 03-Sep-11 11:50:35

If the fizz doesn't get you the aspartame will.

wellwisher Sat 03-Sep-11 12:18:16

The acid in diet coke etc is corrosive to tooth enamel but you can minimise this by drinking a glass of water straight after your fizzy drink (this will also help fill you up).

And you'd need to drink LOADS of it (20 cans a day) to hit a dangerous level of aspartame consumption:

PJFanClub Sat 03-Sep-11 20:53:02

Drink with a straw so it doesn't touch your teeth as much?

foreverondiet Sun 04-Sep-11 10:58:15

Yes diet coke dreadful for teeth. Not a great idea either to use to suppress hunger. Try and cut down...

Psyllium husk and water should fill you up.

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