Saturday, December 23, 2006

Dental Did You Know: Beverages and Dental Erosion

Acidic beverages such as fruit juices, soft drinks, sports drinks and alcohol can potentially cause dental erosion. Some findings:

  1. Adding fluoride to drinks does not decrease the incidence of dental erosion
  2. Dental erosion can be caused by both food and drink
  3. Swishing or holding acidic liquids in the mouth promotes erosion
  4. Citric acid has the highest erosive potential
Sources: Sevels I, Ontario Dentist, Dec 2006, Vol 83, Number 10, p.14 and American J Dent, 2005; 18:101-104

Hans Skariah, B.Sc., DMD
Promenade Court Dental Health Group in Mississauga
2233 Hurontario St., Mississauga, ON, Canada
(1/2 km north of the QEW in the Dome Building)
(905) 273-7100