Written by Dentistry Today Wednesday, 19 October 2011 14:03
New research shows that sugar-free gum, soft drinks and other sugarless products may not be as beneficial as first thought.
These products could actually damage teeth, cause gastric problems, or may not even promote weight loss as was originally thought. The reason for these problems stems from the acidic additives in the products that can erode the tooth enamel.
These products were assumed to be beneficial to consumers but these new findings will put a dent in that reputation. The study, which was published in the British Dental Journal, analyzed the impact of the materials used to take the place of sugar. Despite the reduced risk for cavities, these additives can result in acidity in the mouth that wouldn't have otherwise been present.