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Dentist: Breath mints may harm dental health
Updated: 3/27/2009 3:00:33 PM

Dentist: Breath mints may harm dental health A cosmetic dentist is warning people that certain health-oriented practices, such as using throat lozenges and cough drops, may be detrimental towards one's dental health.

Dr. Rahul Doshi, a UK dentist, said some seemingly healthy products have a high content of sugar, which may counter any routine dental care administered.

"Other seemingly healthy things we consume, such as antacids for example, cause severe damage to teeth," Doshi said.

The dentist warns against heart burn tablets, breath mints, throat lozenges and cough drops because of the sugar content found in these products which can lead to cavities and other dental conditions forming in the mouth.

Doshi added that when the natural bacteria in the mouth are exposed to sugars, it produces an acid which "eats through" tooth enamel. Though the medicinal lozenge may disintegrate quickly, the eroding effects may last.

The dentist recommends people choose sugar-free versions of healthy products and to limit the amount consumed in a day. Doshi also advised people to administer a teeth cleaning after using such products to maintain dental health.

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