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Energy Drinks Can Start Destroying Our Teeth In Just 5 Days

Energy DrinksIt is possible to find energy drinks on the shelves of most of supermarkets throughout the world. Teenagers like consuming energy drinks very much because this kind of products help maintaining energy levels high and get through the day much easier. It is reported that energy and sports drinks are among the most sold commercial products, and up to 30 per cent of modern American teenagers consume energy drinks every day. The situation with sports drinks is even more serious: 62 per cent of today’s US teenagers admit that they have at least one sports drink a day. Unfortunately, as the surveys have shown, many of the teenagers have no idea what kind of danger and risks energy drinks cause to their dental health.

Moreover, most of the teenagers actually believe that energy drinks and sports drinks can be better and more useful for them than soda.  It is hard to guess, what such an assumption is based on. Anyway, according to the latest findings of the scientists, published recently in the journal of Academy of General Dentistry, as well as in many leading European and American newspapers, a regular consumption of carbonated drinks and especially energy drinks exposes us to increased risks of very serious dental problems like severe tooth erosion, tooth decay, tooth loss, and so on. The research involved analyzing chemical content and the effects of consuming 9 energy drinks and 13 sports drinks which are the most commonly consumed by teenagers in the United States.

During the tests, it became apparent that all energy and sports drinks contain extreme amounts of sugar. In particular, a can of worldwide sold Red Bull contains 27 g of sugar, and a can of not less famous Monster Energy contains as much as 54 g of sugar. This amount of sugar is really huge, taking into account the fact that the recommended (by the American Heart Association) daily dose of sugar is not more than 30 g.  Another surprise for the scientists was the acidity levels of energy and sports drinks. It was found out that acidity levels vary from brand to brand, and the experts carried out a practical experiment in order to analyze the effects of such acid doses on teeth and dental health of regular energy drink consumers.

For that, tooth enamel has been exposed to energy drink of each brand for 15 minutes, after which the enamel samples were immersed into artificial saliva. The same procedure was repeated four times a day for 5 days. It was found out that the damage to tooth enamel caused by sports drinks, was significant, but still it was estimated twice less harmful than the effects caused by energy drinks exposure. It is impossible to reverse this kind of damage and decrease the risks of very serious dental problems that this damage can cause. The report about the study includes very serious warning and necessity to educate today’s teenagers about the risks linked to regular sports and energy drink consumption. As a preventive measure, one of the experts recommends using sugar free chewing gum or rinsing the mouth with water after consuming an energy or sports drink.

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Commercially Produced Fruit Juices Are Very Harmful To Our Children’s Teeth

commercially produced fruit juicesFruit juices have been considered quite good and safe for children. However, scientists warn us that giving our kids a glass or two of commercially produced fruit juices five times a week may not be a good idea. The same can be said about smoothies as well. A great deal of modern children suffer from such problem as worn out tooth enamel, and a group of scientists at the Royal College of Surgeons found out that every one of two today’s five-year old in the United Kingdom has absolutely clear signs of dental erosion and worn out tooth enamel. It is an irreversible process which is very very harmful to dental health of our children.

The experts tend to explain this tendency by increased consumption of commercially produced fruit juices by modern children. Despite of the fact that fruit juices are very delicious and great natural sources of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients important for chidern’s normal growth and development, a daily consumption of such juices is linked to very high risks to children’s dental health. Kathy Harley, a leading specialist and dean of the dental faculty at the Royal College of Surgeons, suggests to all modern moms and dads giving their kids commercially produced fruit juices no more than once-twice a week: for example, in the weekends. At that, the recommended dosage should not exceed 150 ml of fruit juice a day, the expert underlines.

Another suggestion is drinking fruit juice together with meal. This way it will be possible to lower negative effects of commercially produced juice, minimize its contact with the surface of teeth, and lower total risks to the child’s dental health. Unfortunately, even using freshly squeezed fruit juices bears certain risks to kids’ health. Blending or juicing fruit is linked to releasing great amounts of sugars and acidic compounds leading to serious dental problems, both in adults and children. Dental care specialists warn that dental erosion is becoming more and more common dental condition, especially in modern children and teenagers.

Finally, experts say that it is necessary to address to the problem not only on individual but on group level as well. In particular, dental experts ask school administrations stop using commercially produced fruit juices in school canteens. Instead, children can be offered milk or other possible healthy drinks. Certainly, drinking water can be the best and the healthiest solution, however, not all children like the idea of using water instead of fruit juices. However, the Department of Health officials are not too enthusiastic about the idea of withdrawing fruit juices from school canteen menus. ‘Juice contains nutrients, including vitamins which are important as part of a healthy, balanced diet,’ their spokesman said.

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A New Dental Mouthwash Can Assist In Tooth Decay Prevention

Such dental care products as mouthwashes are considered very effective for preventing numerous dental health problems and improving our dental health. They work perfectly great for fighting dental bacteria, as well as refreshing our breath. However, some mouthwashes are going to have very strong preventive powers against dental bacteria. Wenyuan Shi, a specialist at of the University of California, claims that he developed exceptionally effective dental mouthwash which can totally kill the most common dental bacteria, Streptococcus mutans. According to the specialist, this mouthwash will become an ultimate solution for tooth decay, cavities and other related dental conditions.

dental mouthwashDr Shi and his research group started their work with attempting to understand the way the dental bacteria acts. It can be found in sticky colonies located on the surface of our teeth, usually in the forms of soft built-ups. The main activities of the dental bacteria include breaking nutrients and the remainings of foods we have in our mouth into various acidic compounds. These acids damage our tooth enamel and cause dental cavities, tooth decay, tooth loss and other related dental problems.

To combat this negative activities of bacteria, a special technology was created and given the name “Specifically-Targeted Antimicrobial Peptides” (STAMPs). It affects dental bacteria which cause acidity and increase the risks of dental cavities, and neutralizes their negative activities. However, in contrast to usual antibiotics, this technology helps not to kill good bacteria, but even assist in boosting their activities directed on protecting against bad bacteria. The scientific work was followed by a series of clinical trials, involving 12 participants. By using the stated technology in the form of mouthwash for four days, they managed to substantially lower the levels of destructive bacteria and acid in the mouth.

It is reported that the specialist has received monetary support and grants from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in order to go on his experiments and prepare his invention for total approval and making it available for the general public. As UCLA press release says, the main work on this invention will be continued in the beginning of the next year. At the same time, dental specialists and experts at the American Dental Association warn all of us that even after this miraculous dental mouthwash is available in our shops and pharmacies, it will still be highly necessary to go on using our toothbrushes and tooth pastes. Brushing will remain important because there are great chances that dental bacteria can resist the newly introduced dental technology.

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