Acid in soft drinks bad for teeth
The amount of acid in soft drinks, fruit juice and sports drinks is a threat to childrens teeth. Australian researchers state this in the Journal of Dentistry.
'Acid in soft drinks bad for teeth'
The amount of acid in soft drinks, fruit juice and sports drinks is a threat to children's teeth. Australian researchers state this in the Journal of Dentistry.
"Our research shows that permanent damage to tooth enamel occurs within the first 30 seconds of contact with acid," says researcher Sarbin Ranjitkar of the University of Adelaide. "This is an important fact and it suggests that it is best to avoid acidic drinks. Brushing your teeth 30 minutes after consumption is not enough with whole acidic drinks. The damage has already occurred."
According to Ranjitkar, there is normally a balance between acids and a protective mechanism in a healthy mouth. But as soon as that balance has shifted in the direction of the acids, the teeth are damaged, regardless of the type of acid. In combination with other acids, acidic drinks can also cause many irreversible problems in the teeth of young people.
"Many children and adolescents grind their teeth at night and suffer from undiagnosed burping or reflux which causes stomach acid to enter the mouth. Combined with acidic drinks, there is a triple threat to the teeth resulting in long-term damage," said Ranjit cart. "Dental erosion is a growing problem."