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Article: Volume 44 Number 11 Page 1076 - December 2017

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Tooth Erosion:  Advice for Festive Drinkers

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Abstract: The incidence of tooth wear is rising, worldwide, with extrinsic and intrinsic erosion being involved in many cases. A variety of drinks have been considered to be implicated, for example, fresh fruit juices, carbonated beverages, alcoholic drinks and energy/sports drinks. However, there are a number of beverages which do not appear to have been tested, such as sparkling wines and various types of champagne and sparkling fruit juice, these being drinks that are typically consumed at times of celebration such as religious festivals, birthdays, etc. It is therefore the purpose of this paper to test the acidity of these festive drinks and to provide advice to consumers thereof.

Clinical relevance: Some sparkling alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks may be erosive to patients’ teeth, depending upon the volume consumed.

Author notes: Mohammed A Hadis, PhD, BSc, Research Fellow in Biomaterials, William M Palin, PhD, MSc, BMedSc, FADM, Professor Biomedical Material Science, D Giles Perryer, BDS, DGDP (RCS Eng), Professor of Clinical Education and FJ Trevor Burke, DDS, MSc, BDS, MDS, MGDS, FDS, RCS, (Edin), FDS RCS (Eng), FFGDP(UK), FADM, Professor of Dental Primary Care, University of Birmingham, School of Dentistry, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, Pebble Mill, Birmingham, B5 7EG, UK

Objective: To test the acidity of festive drinks and provide advice accordingly.