Sugar-Free Does Not Mean Damage-Free

January 27, 2016 by Dr. Emanuel Blog


Oral health experts are advising consumers of sugar-free drinks and confectionary to be wary of the health claims. Companies of such products would have you believe that the sugar-free aspect means their products are teeth-friendly – unfortunately, this might not be true.

Studies carried out by the Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre, based at the University of Melbourne, show that the acidic additives in sugar-free products damage tooth enamel. Consumers need to be aware of what other tooth-damaging items can be in food products that aren’t sugar.

As Eric Reynolds who is a professor at Melbourne Dental School and CEO of Oral Health CRC, says:

“Many people are not aware that while reducing your sugar intake does reduce your risk of dental decay, the chemical mix of acids in some foods and drinks can cause the equally damaging condition of dental erosion.”

Consumers of sugar-free products should therefore be skeptical of the claims made on labels, and greater attention to detail must be paid with regards to the non-sugar based elements of such products.

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