Acidic drinks may damage kids’ teeth

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014


HIGH acidity levels in soft drinks, fruit juice and sports beverages pose a threat to youngsters’ teeth, a new study reports.

“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,” study corresponding author Dr. Sarbin Ranjitkar, of the Craniofacial Biology Research Group at the University of Adelaide in Australia, said in a university news release, according to Health Day News.

“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 OK—the damage is already done,” he added.

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The findings were recently published in the Journal of Dentistry.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 13, 2014.

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