Top athletes may consume up to 10 litres a day of
re-hydrating sports drinks – but new research shows that this
may be having a disastrous effect on their teeth!
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have been conducting
extensive research into sports drinks and have discovered that they
are a major cause of tooth erosion in athletes, having as much as
30 times the erosive potential of ordinary water.
Not only can they dissolve away the enamel but may actually
dissolve away the hard dentine underneath it, exposing the pulp and
leading to serious problems requiring treatment.
And it’s not just athletes that are at risk. Many modern
soft drinks have the potential to cause similar levels of dental
erosion. Researchers at the University of Birmingham hope their
work will go a long way towards addressing this problem, paving the
way for the development of new commercial products that actually
have low erosive potential and therefore minimise the damage to our
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