It seems middle schoolers have got some nasty teeth and soft drinks and sweet juices are to blame. Robert Preidt of HealthDay News reports:
"This study is important, because it confirms our suspicions of the high prevalence of dental erosion in this country and, more importantly, brings awareness to dental practitioners and patients of its prevalence, causes, prevention and treatment," study co-author Bennett T. Amaechi, an associate professor of community dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, said in a prepared statement.I can still hear my mom saying, “I’m not buying you juices boxes! That’s junk.”
Amaechi led the San Antonio portion of the study, which also included researchers at Indiana University and the University of California, San Francisco. They looked at 900 middle school students (aged 10 to 14), and found that about 30 percent of them had the condition.
Dental erosion is caused by acids found in many common products, including soft drinks, sports drinks, some fruit juices and herbal teas.