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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - MIND YOURSELF -

HELP OR HIN­DRANCE?

Tak­ing a daily vi­ta­min sup­ple­ment is as nat­u­ral nowa­days as, well, brush­ing our teeth — but did you know they could be dam­ag­ing our den­tal health? A study by the Univer­sity of Helsinki on eight types of ef­fer­ves­cent vi­ta­mins re­vealed that all of them had cor­ro­sive ef­fects on teeth due to their pri­mary in­gre­di­ent, cit­ric acid. By leach­ing out the min­er­als, teeth were left weaker and more por­ous and as a re­sult more prone to de­cay. Fizzy vi­ta­min C tablets were the worst of­fender, ex­pos­ing den­tine, the sen­si­tive layer be­neath enamel. To min­imise the dam­age, don’t swish the drink around your mouth and rinse with wa­ter af­ter­wards. Nib­bling on cheese can also help as it has an al­ka­line pH that can re­duce acid lev­els and put min­er­als back into teeth.

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