PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - On a sizzler like today something cold and fizzy can be hard to resist so many of us try to choose wisely if you've had enough just plain water. No sugar, no calories, no color, little to no sodium just wet, cold, clear and fizzy-- flavored or unflavored. What could go wrong?
"With certain teeth there's probably almost 50% tooth structure that been lost," Dr. Dave Monokian said.
Not from this?
"It's all about the pH of these beverages. It's too low," Dr. Monokian said. "Overtime it started to weaken the enamel and almost dissolve away almost all of the enamel where many of the underlying tooth is exposed."
Doctors Mike and Dave Monokian say they're repairing more than damage caused by teeth grinding. According to the dentists, the damage to teeth from heavy soda drinkers with or without flavors and sugar is often overlooked.
They say by trapping the acid inside a night guard for example or by brushing your teeth right after you have that fizzy drink you're causing more harm than good. You're brushing the acid right into your teeth.
The dentists know people aren't going to quit their favorite drink so they say dilute it with water or try to drink it from a straw to avoid direct contact with your teeth.