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Modern diet 'threatens dental health'
Updated: 10/14/2008 4:00:24 PM

Modern diet We already know that the modern Western diet is blamed for rising obesity rates and cardiovascular problems, but could it be contributing to poor dental health as well?

Mujtaba Ali, spokesperson for, suggested that young people may be particularly at risk of suffering from acid erosion due to eating the wrong foods.

Soft drinks, candy and alcohol all have acids that can potentially erode dental enamel and lead to tooth decay and other problems.

"There's so much in the modern diet that can contribute towards acid erosion and we could all do with changing the way we eat to protect our tooth enamel," Ali commented.

He recommended that people refrain from brushing their teeth for an hour after eating foods high in acids, as well as visiting a dentist regularly for a checkup.

The American Dental Association suggests that one way to control damage from acidic foods is by limiting the frequency of snacking on these items.

If possible, people should stick to eating at mealtimes or enjoying something sweet directly after a meal, rather than exposing their teeth to acid throughout the day, the ADA says.

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