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Do artificial sweeteners promote tooth decay like sugar?

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Dr. Harvey Shiffman answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

No: Artificial sweetners that contain nothing that bacteria can use for "food" do not cause tooth decay . The label would say "non nutrative" sweetner.

Answered 4/22/2019

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Dr. Ronald Smith answered

Specializes in Dentistry

No: Most artificial or "sugar free" sweeteners are not metabolized by the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Not all natural "sugars" are bad either. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that has been shown in some studies to lower decay risk.

Answered 12/23/2020

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Dr. Thomas Stelmach answered

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NO: Artificial sweeteners don't have anything in them to support bacterial metabolism. Bacteria that cause decay love sugar and so they metabolize it and produce acids that decay your teeth.

Answered 9/26/2016

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