A 33-year-old member asked:
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are aspertame/saccharin better for your teeth than sugar?

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Dr. Debi Williams
25 years experience Dentistry
Not really : Sorbitol, mannitol, maltitol and many other 'sugar alcohols' can still be digested into acids by oral bacteria to cause decay. Xylitol is the only artifical sweetener that the oral bacteria cannot break down and it actually remineralizes the teeth. Chewing gum with recaldent will also strengthen teeth.
Answered on Oct 16, 2017
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Dr. Stephen Gordon
42 years experience Dentistry
No: There are plenty of documented side effects from artificial sweeteners that do not even relate to the decay process. Please note: splenda is neither of the above chemicals - it is sucralose. Personally, i avoid these chemicals. Also, xylitol may not be as beneficial as originally thought, various studies are on going.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
38 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
YES: As far as your teeth are concerned - artificial sweeteners are much better than sugar. That being said, artificial sweeteners such as aspartame are probably pretty bad for the rest of your body. Try stevia instead.
Answered on Sep 9, 2013

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