The Dental Blog of Bradely J. Olson, DDS

Tooth Structure Loss V

Erosion

Citric acid is found in fruit drinks and as an additive in carbonated drinks and is one of the most destructive substances to tooh structure. As you would expect, the amount of the drink consumed and how it is consumed are major contributing factors to tooth destruction. High volumes of the drinks and holding or “swilling” the drinks will be more destructive. Drinks that fit this category include sweetened and non-sweetened soft drinks, carbonated and non-carbonated and fruit flavored drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, and energy drinks.

In moderation, these drinks will not cause damage and rinsing with water after consumption is beneficial. Of course, nothing beats water as the perfect refreshing drink.

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