Volume 93 Issue 38 | p. 10 | News of The Week
Issue Date: September 28, 2015 | Web Date: September 24, 2015

Potential Soft Drink Additives Could Protect Teeth

Food Science: Polyelectrolytes could shield enamel from acidic beverages
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Materials SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: tooth decay, enamel, hydroxyapatite, polyelectrolytes, beverages

Whether you call them bottles of pop or bottles of soda, regularly guzzling soft drinks can lead to tooth decay. Over time, the acidic beverages erode hydroxyapatite (HA), a major component of tooth enamel.

For those unwilling to give up the sugary drinks, help may be on the way: Researchers in Sweden have determined how potential soft drink additives could protect teeth.

In the past, food scientists and dentists have suggested adding food-safe, HA-preserving polyelectrolytes . . .

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