Artificial sweeteners and dental health

Artificial sweeteners and dental health

Dental cavities — also known as caries or tooth decay — occur when the bacteria in your mouth ferment sugar. Acid is produced, which can damage tooth enamel.

Unlike sugars, artificial sweeteners do not react with the bacteria in your mouth. This means they do not form acids or cause tooth decay.

Research also shows that sucralose is less likely to cause tooth decay than sugar.

For this reason, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows products containing sucralose to claim that they reduce tooth decay.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) states that all artificial sweeteners, when consumed in place of sugar, neutralize acid and help prevent tooth decay.