Soda, Fruit Juice are Worst for Dental Erosion

14 May 2015
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Nothing results in dental erosion more than soft drinks, according to a recent study by the Journal of Public Health Dentistry.

The study showed that a large number of adults show signs of dental erosion. The cases are most severe for people who consume sugary soft drinks and fruit juices.

To compile the data, the researchers analyzed almost 4,000 people. It was determined that 79 percent showed signs of dental erosion while 64 percent displayed mild tooth wear. There were also 10 percent of the people who showed moderate tooth wear and 5 percent of the people who had severe tooth wear. The correlation was clear between the people with high tooth wear and the people who consumed more soft drinks and fruit juices.

Milk tended to be a more common beverage for people with lower levels of tooth wear.

The study indicated that men were twice as likely to be at risk for dental erosion when compared to women. Tooth wear also became more prevalent as people got older.

Water and milk are the best beverages to consume based on the lack of sugar present. Many sodas and fruit juices possess more sugar than should be consumed in a portion.

Dental erosion stems from exposure to acid and may result in pain when consuming hot or cold food. The acidity can be nullified by saliva, unless the high-acid drinks are consumed too frequently. Any beverage with a pH lower than 5.5 could cause damage.

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