Switching to sugar-free foods and drinks can be a good solution on a short term. No sugar would normally entail a healthier diet. But it would seem that thinks are not what they seem. An Australian research team proved that tooth friendly drinks are harmful.
As it would seem, in term of tooth decay and erosion, sugary drinks and sugar-free drinks share the same place, meaning that they are equally harmful to our teeth’s enamel coating. In order to reach the conclusion, the team of researchers from the University of Melbourne, tested various products, all labeled sugar-free and tooth friendly. Among the products tested products were sugar-free drinks, sports drinks, confectionary products, and even soft drinks.
The result of the research was staggering. It would seem that sugar-free products proved to be more harmful to out teeth than their sugary counterparts. The team of researchers said that there is no direct evidence that sugar-free drinks lead to the formation of cavities. However, their overall effects speak otherwise.
Normally, sugar-free drinks bear such name because they are without sugar. However truistic this may seem, it has a catch to it. Although the products do not contain sugar, they do have other chemical compounds capable to mimic sugar. Now, these chemicals found in these drinks can increase the acidity inside your mouth.
Thus, your teeth will be exposed to different other substances like phosphoric or citric acid. That’s where the bacteria come in. See, these little critters are always on the lookout for a chance to wreak some damage inside our bodies. By exposing the outside layer of the tooth, the bacteria comes in for the kill. It then proceeds on feeding on the outside layer of the tooth, thus producing even more acid.
Now, if the bacteria’s acidic waste lingers on the tooth it could lead in time to something called dental erosion. The acid munches through the tooth’s enamel coating, exposing the hard tissue.
The team has predicted that sugar-free soft drinks and drinks can increase the chances of dental erosion by 50 percent. Also, the team commented on the fact that most schools out there have banned sugary foods and drinks from school and replaced them with sugar-free foods.
While this initiative was proven tot be beneficial for overall health, it disregards dental health. Eric Reynolds, one of the scientists behind this study said that, in the last few month, he has see signs of erosion in the teeth of very young children.