Dentists analyze sugary drinks and dental health
New research from The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) shows that sugary drinks are associated with erosive tooth wear and dental health among teenagers in Mexico, where sugary beverages are a dietary staple.
Dental health in children has always been at the top of the minds of the JADA. Recently researchers have determined that sugar is a leading problem of dental health and overall health in teens.
Authors of a study distributed a food questionnaire to teens between the ages 14 to 19 living in Mexico regarding the intake of fruit juice, sports drinks and sweet carbonated drinks as well as some other food items. After, the teens were examined for erosive tooth wear. The results showed the overall prevalence of erosive tooth wear was almost 32%, with sweet carbonated drinks causing the most erosion.
Although this study was completed outside of the United States the findings are meaningful to everyone who cares about the dental health and overall health and wellness of children.
Mexico recently implemented a ‘soda tax’ on sugary drinks to limit intake, which resulted in sales of sugary beverages falling as much as 12 percent. The “soda tax” concept has been suggested by political officials in some areas of the U.S. and other parts of the world.
Too much sugar intake and other poor dietary habits can result in not only poor oral health but also, according to leading medical organizations, poor overall health, including obesity.
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SOURCE American Dental Association
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