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Can you still get cavities from calorie-free sugar substitute?

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Dr. Hans Reinemer
Dentistry - Pediatric

In brief: Yes and no

Sugar substitutes cannot be metabolized by bacteria to create dental cavity causing acid.
However, the bacteria in your mouth can use sugar from many other sources. Sugar is found in fruits, vegetables, beads, pastas, crackers, etc. It is likely impossible to live entirely sugar free. To compensate, good oral hygiene is essential.

In brief: Yes and no

Sugar substitutes cannot be metabolized by bacteria to create dental cavity causing acid.
However, the bacteria in your mouth can use sugar from many other sources. Sugar is found in fruits, vegetables, beads, pastas, crackers, etc. It is likely impossible to live entirely sugar free. To compensate, good oral hygiene is essential.
Dr. Hans Reinemer
Dr. Hans Reinemer
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Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry

In brief: Yes and No

No because there is no sugar to feed the bacteria however if the drink is carbonated that is carbonic acid which etches the enamel weakening it.
If you eat something with the drink then the bacteria can utilize that food to create the acid that starts the cavity.

In brief: Yes and No

No because there is no sugar to feed the bacteria however if the drink is carbonated that is carbonic acid which etches the enamel weakening it.
If you eat something with the drink then the bacteria can utilize that food to create the acid that starts the cavity.
Dr. Peter Karsant
Dr. Peter Karsant
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