Culprits identified for UK tooth erosion problem
Three quarters of the UK now have tooth wear problems of erosion, abrasion or attrition. Sports and Energy drinks are one of the main culprits.
The British Soft Drinks Association’s latest figures show an increase in the consumption of fizzy drinks and fruit juices, plus that over 660 million litres of sports and energy drinks were purchased in one year alone – all significant culprits when it comes to tooth wear – raising awareness of such oral health risks is vital.
Everyone experiences some tooth wear simply due to normal use of the teeth but it can become a real problem if, for example, people grind their teeth, have an eating disorder, brush too vigorously, or consumption of acidic food and drinks is high.
Meanwhile, figures from the latest UK Adult Dental HealthSurvey confirm a worrying increase in the three age groups ranging from 16 to 44 since the last survey, which was completed over a decade ago. This strongly suggests that preventive treatment above and beyond what is generally already being offered is needed if the UK population’s dental health is to be secured over the long term. The Survey also indicates that significant tooth wear is poised to become more common if no preventive action is taken.
Irrespective of age and circumstance, patients need to understand that, amongst other issues, poor drink and food choices, pregnancy/morning sickness or eating disorders like bulimia, and stress-related tooth grinding can all cause considerable tooth wear.
Source: London Tooth Wear Centre