People have been moving away from soft drinks on
their own for several years due to the overwhelmingly adverse health
effects. A new study has found that these acidic drinks can also cause major
and irreversible damage to young people's teeth within 30
The study states drinks high in acidic content combined
with night-time tooth grinding and reflux can cause major damage to young
people's teeth. The damages can lead to a lifetime of compromised dental health
that may require an extensive
Researchers say, the number of cases of tooth erosion from the
consumption of acidic beverages
is on the rise in kids and young adults.
"Children and adolescents often grind their
teeth at night, and they can have undiagnosed regurgitation (the expulsion of material from the
pharynx usually characterized by the presence of undigested food or blood) which
brings with it acidity
from the stomach. Combined with drinks high in acidity, this creates 'triple
threat' to young people's teeth which can cause irreversible damage to
teeth," they explained.
Health experts say parents should minimize
consumption of any kind of soft drinks, sports drink, fruit juice or acidic foods that could
be taken by their kids.
"Permanent damage to the tooth enamel occurs
within the first 30 seconds of high acidity coming into contact with the teeth.
This is a significant finding and it suggests that such drinks must be avoided.
If high acidic drinks are consumed, it is not simply a matter of having a kid
clean their teeth an hour or 30 minutes later and hoping they'll be alright -
the damage is already done," experts said.
They suggest children consume fresh fruit
instead of drinking fruit
juice. Although fresh fruit is naturally acidic, it is a healthier
option to fruit juice, which can have additional food acids in it.
For better overall health, stop the
consumption of soft drinks
and sodas and opt for a healthier alternative. Here are your healthy drink
It is the ultimate healthy drink and it
has no calories. Instead of spending too much on unhealthy soft drinks, always
choose mineral water.
Water with lemon or lime -
Vitamin C is one of the safest and most effective nutrients and lemon juice is full of
it. Its benefits include protection
against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems and eye disease. Hence, water
with lemon is a healthy drink.
This is another essential healthy drink,
particularly for kids. An 8-ounce glass of nonfat milk has 80 calories and several
essential nutrients. You get a lot of bang for your buck.
Whatever teas you prefer — green, black,
herbal — they all contain high levels of antioxidants, which are believed to protect the
body from damage.