A new study which has been published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry has revealed that adults who drink a substantial amount of sugary drinks, such as fruit juices and soda pop, can suffer from dental erosion. Dental erosion occurs when the protective lining of the tooth is worn away by acid and sugar. This can result in tooth sensitivity when it comes to drinking or eating hot/cold beverages and food; and it can also increase the risk of cavities.
The study, reported by Medical News Today which had a total of 3,773 participants, found 79% of the individuals reviewed had evidence of dental erosion; 64% had mild tooth wear and tear; 10% had moderate tooth wear; and 5% had symptoms of extreme tooth wear. Those individuals who participated in the research with moderate and severe tooth wear consumed more soft drinks and fruit juices per day than the other groups in the study. Those in lower percentile group consumed more milk daily, than juices or soda pop.
The study indicated that men doubled their risk for dental erosion, versus women; and their tooth wear worsened with age. Dr. Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, commented on the study, noting that while fruit juice may seem nutritious, the high concentrations of sugar and acid can cause terrible dental damage, especially if individuals drink these beverages daily.
In terms of acidity, items measured with a pH of lower than 5.5 can cause dental erosion, sensitivity, and tooth decay. As such, diet and regular soft drinks, fizzy and flavored waters, sports drinks, carbonated beverages in general, and fruit juices are famous for causing damage to teeth, especially when individuals consume these products regularly.
As for sugar content, most soft drinks and fruit juices have a minimum of six teaspoons of sugar, and are packaged in portions that are larger than recommended. Therefore based on the sugar that is in them, along with their acidic content; these beverages become a double whammy when it comes to cavities, and damaging teeth.