Researchers at the University of Adelaide have proven for the first time that permanent damage can be caused to tooth enamel within 30 seconds of being exposed to acidic beverages. These include soda, fruit juice, sports drinks, and other drinks in high acidity.
The study comes as a warning to parents.
These findings show that acidic beverages erode your teeth even faster than previously thought.
“Our research has shown that permanent damage to the tooth enamel will occur within the first 30 seconds of high acidity coming into contact with the teeth. This is an important finding and it suggests that such drinks are best avoided.
If high acidity drinks are consumed, it is not simply a matter of having a child clean their teeth an hour or 30 minutes later and hoping they’ll be okay – the damage is already done,”
– Dr Sarbin Ranjitkar
More Than One Threat
An increase in tooth erosion in children and young adults has been attributed to excessive soda and sugar consumption. This can lead to acid reflux, which further erodes enamel, especially at night. Nighttime grinding is often part of the mix too. When combined, these three factors accelerate enamel loss and tooth erosion. This means for many individuals, a trip to the dentist comes only after large amounts of enamel have already been lost.
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It’s important to choose healthy foods that are not too high in acid or sugar. If you suffer from acid reflux, eating a more pH balanced diet will help. The researchers of the study recommend fruit instead of fruit juice, which is often sweetened. Seeking further treatment from your personal physician for acid reflux will have huge benefits for your oral health as well.
The same goes for grinding at night. A variety of mouth guards are available to protect your teeth while you sleep.
Call your Gurnee dentist to ask us about these options today, and avoid those acidic drinks!