If you were hoping sugar free and sports beverages would make up for some of the harmful effects produced by sugary drinks than you are wrong. Medical researchers warn that sugar free drinks can harm your children’s teeth.
The finding was made by a team of researchers from the University of Melbourne, the Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre. Scientists compared the effects of both sugar-free and sugary drinks and they have come to the conclusion that they are both equally noxious for tooth enamel.
For the current research 23 types of drinks have been tested. At the end of the experiment, researchers have noticed that all beverages produced 30 to 50 percent damage on the enamel of the tooth, regardless whether they contained sugar or not.
Eric Reynolds, the CEO of the Centre, has stated that this discovery has significant relevance for our health. Until recently, it was believed that sugar is the enemy of healthy teeth, but it appears replacements are just as harmful. The worst results were noticed among consumers, who opted for drinks with acidic additives and low pH levels.
According to Reynolds, consumers have to lower the consumption of sugar-free beverages. Continuing to drink them would eventually lead to the softening of the dental enamel and the exposure of the soft pulp of the tooth.
Sugar free lovers need not feel discouraged. There are some measures they can still apply in order to reduce risks. Doctors recommend them to wait approximately one hour and then wash their teeth every time they consume sugar-free or sugary beverages. Also, sugar free gums can help balance the pH level in your mouth.
Another solution would be to opt for drinks that contain larger amounts of calcium. Tests have revealed that the dental enamel presented no damages with this type of drinks.
The acid that most of these drinks is also dangerous not just for the teeth, but for the stomach, as well. If you still want to drink these products, you should look for drinks that contain citric acid or phosphoric acid as these are well-tolerated by your body.
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