|Diet drinks can harm your teeth too|
"Many people are not aware that while reducing your sugar intake reduces your risk of tooth decay, the chemical mixture of acids in certain foods and beverages can also cause this equally harmful to dental erosion," has said Eric Reynolds, CEO of CRC oral health.
"Dental erosion occurs when the acid dissolves the hard tissues of the tooth. In the beginning, erosion strips away the outer layers of the tooth enamel. If it progresses to an advanced stage, it may expose the soft pulp inside the tooth, "said Reynolds.
Early dental erosion can usually be reversed by oral health professionals with treatment to replace lost minerals. In more advanced cases, the lost tooth surface may need a filling or crown.
Researchers measured softening of tooth enamel and tooth loss of surface area after exposure to a range of beverages. Most soft drinks and sports drinks caused softening of tooth enamel from 30 to 50%. Both sugar containing and sugarless soft drinks (including flavored mineral waters) produces measurable loss of the tooth surface, with no significant difference between the two groups drinks.
Eight-tested sports drinks, all but two (those with higher calcium content) have been found to cause loss of tooth enamel. Reynolds said that "sugar-free" label does not necessarily mean that a product is safe for teeth.
"We even found sugarless confections that are labeled" Toothfriendly "and when tested proved erosive," said Reynolds.
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