Diet Coke Could Be Destroying Your Teeth

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I don't have many vices, but there's one guilty pleasure that I just can't seem to quit: Diet Coke. Instead of coffee, I'll down a can of calorie-free soda to get my caffeine kick. Friends and family members have warned me that my habit is anything but healthy, and now science is officially proving them right. A new study found that Diet Coke can wreak havoc on your teeth, and it might be the thing that causes me to cut back. (Or not. Old habits die hard.)

Most people know that sugar is terrible for your teeth (hence the dentist/candy association) but now researchers at the University of Melbourne's Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre‚Äč have found a connection between sugar-free beverages and enamel decay. After comparing teeth soaked in sugary sodas with teeth soaked in beverages made with artificial sweeteners, the team found no significant difference in damage. The reason? While drinking sugary beverages leads to the bacteria that causes cavities, ingredients like phosphoric acid in sugar-free beverages can cause enamel erosion, which also hurts your pretty smile. Sorry, Taylor Swift.Sadly, I may be too hooked on Diet Coke to give it up completely in order to save my pearly whites, but the study has definitely given me a great reason to cut back. A hot cup of green tea might be just as pleasant of a beverage to wake up with.
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