Sedation Dentistry-Soft Drinks and Dental Decay

As Connecticut’s Premier Sedation Dentist, we ask many pertinent questions relating to health and medical conditions that might impact high quality sedation dentistry in our dental office.

From a dental point of view, there’s nothing “soft” about so-called “soft drinks.” Many people recognize this‚ assume that it has to do with the sugar content of soft drinks‚ and figure that “diet” cola will save them from cavities. Unfortunately, both popular notions are inaccurate.

Sugar does not directly damage teeth. That happens when certain bacteria in the mouth release acids that eat into tooth enamel. These bacteria, however, need food to survive. Refined sugar is a very potent source. What you eat, they eat. If not eliminated promptly, they hang around to do their dirty work.

The real culprit in carbonated soft drinks is the “fizz” itself: carbonic acid. A sugary, uncarbonated drink like Kool-Aid is actually easier on teeth than, say, Diet Pepsi.

Does this mean you have to eliminate soft drinks entirely? Of course not. But keep an eye on how much and how often you drink. After drinking, if the residue remains in contact with your teeth for long periods of time, you’re setting up an environment that could lead to trouble.

You’ll Want to Know:

1. People who drink diet soft drinks don’t lose weight. In fact, they gain weight, a new study shows.

2. The findings come from eight years of data collected by Sharon P. Fowler, MPH, and colleagues at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

3. “What didn’t surprise us was that total soft drink use was linked to overweight and obesity,” Fowler tells WebMD. “What was surprising was when we looked at people only drinking diet soft drinks, their risk of obesity was even higher.”

Obese and overweight patients pose additional sedation dentistry complications and risks during dental sedation and the special training that we at Gentle Dental Care in Plainville, CT have, is necessary to provide safe sedation dentistry to help these patients.

Our Central CT Dental Group has the expertise to help you reduce your dental anxiety and to provide your dental care safely with advanced Sedation Dentistry.

To learn more about the risks of consuming diet soft drinks and obesity contact us at or call 860-747-5711.

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About Dr. Thomas J. Peltzer, DMD

Dr. Peltzer is a Sedation Dental Specialist serving patients throughout the state of CT, MA, RI and NY.
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