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Fruit teas can wear away teeth

A new study published in the British Dental Journal looked at the diets of 300 people suffering from tooth erosion. Sipping acidic drinks, such as fizzy drinks, is known to affect tooth enamel. A new study by King’s College London Dental Institute, has found that drinking fruit teas between meals, especially if they are held in the mouth before swallowing, also increases the risk of tooth erosion.

The researchers found that adding a slice of lemon to hot water also increased the risk of tooth erosion eleven-fold. Sugar-free soft drinks are as likely to lead to tooth erosion as ones that are sweetened with sugar. When these drinks were consumed with meals, the occurrences were halved.

Dr Saoirse O’Toole, the lead study author, from King’s College London Dental Institute, said: “If you drink things for long periods of time, greater than five minutes, or if you play with things in your mouth or if you nibble on fruit over a few minutes rather than eating them as a whole fruit – these are things that can really damage your teeth.

“If you’re going to have an apple as a snack at lunchtime, then try not to have anything acidic later on in the evening.

“If you are going to have a glass of wine in the evening, then don’t have your fruit tea in the morning.

“Just balance things in your diet.”

If you would like to speak to your dentist about your own particular acid erosion risk, please just mention it at your next appointment. We would be very happy to discuss this with you.

More information can be found in this BBC News article

The study can be found here on the British Dental Journal’s website