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Fruit teas and flavored water such as lemon water, vinegar, ginger water etc., have gained a huge boost in popularity, this maybe as a result of the fitness trend that has resisted being phased out.

Although these teas have some health benefits, recent studies have shown they could be harmful.

Researchers say, sipping fruit teas and flavored drinks could wear away teeth and damage the enamel due to their acidity.

According to the Journal of Dentistry, these acidic infusions remove the protective smear layer, opening up the dentinal tubules more fully, potentially making exposed dentine more sensitive – nature journal.

Increased frequency of consumption of these acidic drinks especially between meals has been shown to increase the risk of developing the condition. Other factors that could increase the risk include drinking these drinks slowly or rinsing one’s mouth with such drinks.

Nevertheless, there are ways one could avoid this. It includes;

– Using a straw to limit the contact between your teeth and the drink;

– Eating neutralizing foods such as cheese with these drinks;

– Not drinking such drinks slowly.

We tend to forget about the health of our teeth until it starts to give problems; a positive attitudinal change towards this effect is therefore advised.




About The Author

Chinazo Iloeje is a Medical Doctor at Garnetcare Medical Center, Abuja. She hopes that through her writing, new health discoveries and other important health information would be made known to all Africans.

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