Sipping fruit teas ‘damages teeth’

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Sipping acidic drinkings such as fruit teas and flavoured water can wear away teeth and damage the enamel, an investigation by scientists has shown.

The King’s College London team found that drinking them between dinners and savouring them for too long increased health risks of tooth erosion from acid.

The research, in the British Dental Journal, looked at the diets of 300 people with severe erosive tooth wear.

It said the problem was increasing as people snacked more.

Fruit squashes, cordials, fruit teas, diet drinkings, sugared beverages and flavoured water are all acidic and can cause wear and tear to teeth, the researchers said.

And endlessly sipping or holding these beverages in the mouth before swallowing increased health risks of tooth erosion.

Dr Saoirse O’Toole, the lead study writer, from King’s College London Dental Institute, said: “If you drink things for long periods of period, larger than five minutes, or if you play with things in your mouth or if you nibble on fruit over a few minutes rather than eating them as a whole fruit – these are things that can really damage your teeth.

“If you’re going to have an apple as a snack at lunchtime, then try not to have anything acidic later on in the evening.

“If you are going to have a glass of wine in the evening, then don’t have your fruit tea in the morning.

“Just balance things in your diet.”

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