Sugar-free is as bad as sugar treats for teeth

Sugar-free is as bad as sugar treats for teethIt has been stated by scientists that teeth are equally affected by sugar-free treats as much as they are affected by sugared ones.

Dental erosion was possible with acidic additives found in fruit-flavoured snacks apart from foods that have half the calories of `full-fat' alternatives.

Tooth decay is decreased with xylitol, a sugar substitute popular in the UK, and has approval for doing so by the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Union. Cavities also are decreased by sorbitol, an alternative used in the US and it cheaper but its effectiveness is not that much.

But when they are used with additives, they are not at all tooth friendly.

Stephen Hancocks, editor-in-chief of the British Dental Journal, said, "Flavouring has much to answer for. It increases acidity and harms the mouth's pH balance."

Study leader Dr Sok-Ja Janket, of Boston University, added, "The term sugar-free may generate false security because people automatically believe such products are safe on teeth. The public must be educated about this hidden risk."

It was stated that it was better to avoid both sugar and sugar frees when dental health is thought about as both have an effect on tooth.