27 June 2009

You, who love to consume soda drink, should be prepared to experience teeth corruptness. Because, this drink will erode your teeth enamel as strong as acid substance in battery.

This statement was result from newest study about the effect of soda drink which issued in Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). All this time, soda drinks often avoided by them who afraid of being fat or overweight because of the sugar content in this drink. Actually, there is still another threat peered over, it is enamel teeth damage. Thus was the conclusion by researchers from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.

Enamel damaged appears is very serious. After three minutes we drink soda drink, enamel scraped enamel is 10 times stronger than fruit juice. According to researchers, the citric acid level in all soda drink is the main cause of damaged occurs.

In their research, experts measure the acid level or pH from 20 soft drinks that sold in USA, like Coca Cola, Pepsi, 7up, and others. Soon after the lid can opened, small piece of tooth enamel immersed into it. After 48 jam, that enamel was weighed to know the enamel weight difference between after and before immersed.

The result, immersed tooth in Coke, Pepsi, RC Cola, Surge, 7 Up and Diet 7 Up, loss about 5% weight from the beginning. While, the other soda drinks cause derivation of enamel weight between 1.6 – 6%.

According to AGD spokesman, Kenton Ross, the highest acid level in soda drinks is RC Cola with about pH 2,387 (pH level is start from 0 to 14, with 0 is the most acid). The second rank is Cherry Coke with pH level about 2,522 and the third rank is Coca Cola with acid level about 2,525.

As comparison, acid substance in battery is 1.0 and purified water in room temperature had pH 7.0. According to researchers, from this study known that acid level in soda drinks is the root cause of teeth erosion. Type of acid substance in soda, amount and calcium content also be the factor of teeth erosion. Citric acid is the strongest acid substance that erodes the enamel and found mostly in soft drink.

The conclusion is acidity in soft drink had strong ability to damage your teeth and it should be avoided.

But, objection appearS from American Beverage Association spokesman, Tracey Halliday. This research doesn’t reflect the real reality and can’t be applicable in real situation where people diet and habit consumption of one man is different with other man. Besides, there are so many other factors can also damaged teeth, she said.

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