Monday, October 17, 2011

Apple worse for teeth than cola

An apple can eat four times as damaging to your teeth as fizzy drinks. Also wine and beer are not good for your teeth.
Photo: Gezondheidsnet

The researchers looked for an association between dental erosion and nutrition in more than 1000 people between 18 and 30 years.

She looked at damage to the enamel and dentin. People who eat apples, nearly four times as much damage to the dentin. Soda drinkers did not have increased risk.


Even fruit juice, wine and beer will damage the teeth, but to a lesser extent than apples. An apple can contain four teaspoons of sugar, which increases the acidity in the mouth. These acids cause dental erosion.

"It's not just about what we eat but how we eat. Apples are naturally healthy, but if you eat slowly damages the high acidity of apples your teeth." Said Professor David Bartlett of King's College London Dental Institute.


It's safe to continue eating apples. The researchers recommend a glass of milk to drink or eat some cheese with your apple, because the calcium from milk and cheese neutralizes the acid from the apple. Drinking water after you've eaten an apple helps, because the water washes away the harmful acid.

Also brush your teeth before you eat or drink sour protects the teeth. Fruit juices are best with a drinking straw, so that less acid comes into contact with your teeth.

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