The next time you buy a soft drink for your kid, think again! Researchers have found that soft drinks, fruit juice, sports drinks and other drinks high in acidity form part of a ‘triple-threat’ of permanent damage to young people’s teeth. Drinks high in acidity combined with night-time tooth grinding and reflux can cause major, irreversible damage to young people’s teeth, the findings showed.

A recent study conducted by the researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia, holds that drinks that are high in acidity can be harmful for children’s teeth. The acid present in soft drinks, fruit juices and other sugary and aerated drinks can cause permanent damage to their teeth.

“Dental erosion is an issue of growing concern in developed countries, and it is often only detected clinically after extensive tooth wear has occurred,” said Dr Sarbin Ranjitkar, corresponding author of a research paper published in the Journal of Dentistry.

“Such erosion can lead to a lifetime of compromised dental health that may require complex and extensive rehabilitation – but it is also preventable with minimal intervention,” Ranjitkar said.

Speaking during the Australian Dental Association’s Dental Health Week, Ranjitkar said the number of cases of tooth erosion from the consumption of acidic beverages is on the rise in children and young adults.

The study was published in the Journal of Dentistry and is the first of its kind to demonstrate the lifelong damage that can be caused by acidity to the teeth within the first 30 seconds of acid attack.