Modern Dietary Habits Are Worsening Acid Erosion
Nine out of ten pediatric dentists report seeing signs of acid erosion in their U.S. patients.1,2 And, about 45% of American adolescents are already exhibiting signs of this irreversible condition.3 This is due, in part, to the way acidic foods and drinks feature prominently in modern diets.
Acidic Consumption Is on the Rise
The number of times per day people are consuming acidic food is increasing, and 20%–40% of Americans are drinking soda or fruit juice at least once per day.4
Review the pH levels of common acidic foods and drinks that patients may encounter on a daily basis to help provide support. Encouraging consumption of neutral and alkaline foods, especially in combination with acidic foods, can help minimize exposure to dietary acids.
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