Soda & Fruit Juice are the Biggest Culprits in Tooth Erosion
The following article, abridged and edited from Medical News Today, will be of interest to anyone who regularly consumes soda and fruit juice.
Soft drinks are the most significant factor in severity of dental erosion according to a new study published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry.
Tooth erosion occurs when enamel ,the hard, protective coating of the tooth, is worn away by exposure to acid, leaving the sensitive dentine area of the tooth exposed and prone to tooth sensitivity. Advanced dental erosion can result in tooth decay and tooth infection. And tooth infection in turn is manifest in a tooth cavity and tooth pain.
Anything with a pH value (the measure of acidity) lower than 5.5 can damage the teeth. Diet and regular sodas, carbonated drinks, flavored fizzy waters, sports drinks, fruit and fruit juices are all known to be harmful to teeth if they are consumed too often. Many contain at least six teaspoons of sugar, and, as they often come in portions that are larger than recommended, they can lead to tooth decay as well as dental erosion.
Study finds that a ‘substantial proportion’ of adults have dental erosion
Of the 3,773 participants in the study, the researchers found that 79% had evidence of tooth erosion and that those who consumed more soft drinks and fruit juices suffered moderate and severe tooth wear. Tooth wear became more severe with age and men were found to be at twice the risk of dental erosion as women.
Commenting on the study, Dr. Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, said: “While fruit juice may be nutritious, the high concentrations of sugar and acid can lead to severe dental damage if, just as more harmful soda, it are consumed often each day. As severe tooth erosion can often result in invasive and costly treatment it is important that we reduce the consumption of sugary food and drinks, observe good oral hygiene, and have regular dental check-ups..”
In sum, by avoiding soft drinks and acidic drinks you also avoid an infected tooth and dental caries. Be selective and drink to your dental health.