Brooklyn, USA; 02, February 2016: Sugar-free sodas, candies and sports drinks are frequently promoted as being a healthy alternative to full-sugar varieties, but Dr. Krepkhis keen for parents to realize the hidden dangers of these foods.
These dangers have been highlighted by a research carried out at Melbourne University in Australia. The study tested sugar-free products and those containing sugar and found that sugar-free products can contain high levels of acidic additives and have low pH levels. These products will damage teeth even if they do not contain any sugar and may be no better for dental health than sugar laden versions. The complete research is available at http://www.oralhealthcrc.org.au/sites/default/files/Dental%20Erosion%20Briefing%20Paper_FINAL2015.pdf.
As a pediatric dentist at the Kids Dentistry Center in NYC, Dr. Krepkh often sees young patients with tooth decay and although many parents and caregivers are vigilant about giving their children a lot of sugary foods, they may not be aware of the potentially damaging qualities of sugar-free foods and drinks.
This is because of the risk of acid erosion, where the acid in the mouth will soften and dissolve the outer layer of tooth enamel that normally protects teeth. Continued acid erosion could eventually expose the pulp in the center of the tooth. The study found that the majority of sodas and sports drinks will soften tooth enamel by between 30% and 50% and both full sugar and sugar-free varieties can result in tooth enamel loss. Many sugar-free candies contain high levels of citric acid.
Dr. Krepkh’s advice to parents and caregivers is to check the labels for phosphoric acid and citric acid additives in particular. She also advises parents ensure their child rinses out their mouth with water after consuming acidic or sugary foods and that they wait an hour before brushing which will allow the tooth enamel to re-harden. Ideally, she recommends kids drink more water and fewer sports drinks and sodas. Regular dental visits to a kids dentist are important for maintaining a child’s oral health.
Dr. Marian Krepkh is a children dentist who is dedicating her career in treating and preventing dental problems in infants, children and adolescents. A specialist in child management, Dr. Krepkh ensures every dental visit is as enjoyable as possible.
About Dr. Marian Krepkh:
Dr. Marina Krepkh received her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the New York University College of Dentistry in 2001. She completed her General Practice Residency at Maimonides Medical Center in 2002. She works with parents from day one to protect their child’s dental health. From teething babies to appearance-conscious teenagers, she offers sound advice based on comprehensive dental research and patient experience.