The consumption of beverages and other acidic foods between meals is strongly discouraged. According to a recent study, this bad habit multiplies up to 11 times the risk of tooth erosion.
Sodas, lemonade, grapefruit syrup, ginger tea are among other drinks to consume in moderation, as well as foods such as pickles due to the presence of vinegar. The reason is mentioned in the study published on November 7, 2017 in the British Dental Journal.
According to researchers at King’s College London, acidic foods increase the risk of dental erosion by 5 in people who are used to consuming it. On the other hand, acidic drinks taken between meals multiply the same risk by 11 times. Let’s also mention that not swallowing these drinks instantly and keeping them in the mouth for a while is an aggravating factor. And it’s the same thing when these drinks or foods are consumed hot.
In addition, researchers explain that consumers are not always aware of the acidity of certain drinks or foods. For example, a freshly cut lemon is 6 times more acidic than lemonade in a can.
Thus, the study made it possible to highlight an unknown phenomenon: the omnipresence of acidic beverages. No less than 379 soft drinks were analyzed and according to the results, 39% of them were extremely acidic, 54% moderately acidic and only 7% were considered to be low in acidity.
Scientists also mention other studies, including one showing that non-acidic foods do not cause dental erosion, just like consuming acidic foods only once a day.
According to the the researchers, dental erosion is becoming more precocious since the 2000s because of the democratization of the consumption of sodas among the youngest.