Young people in Stockholm are having their teeth examined for a study. The purpose is to find out what kind of damages the increased intake of sport drinks and sodas have on their teeth.

“We have reason to believe corrosion damages have become more common among children and young people today and that they may even get worse,” says project leader and dentist Maria Jarkander in an interview with Dagens Nyheter. Her work place, Folktandvården in Sollentuna as well as Södertälje and Brommaplan, are now receiving 1200 persons in the ages 15 to 17 years to have a closer look at their teeth. It is during that crucial age that lifelong habits are being set. One hypothesis is that young people today either live a more sedate life parked in front of the computer with a can of soda, or they do practice sports but then drink high-sugared sport drinks.

“If we are right that corrosion is more common among young people and more specifically so among 17-year olds than 15-year olds, then preventative measures might have to be put in,” says Jarkander. “That sales of sodas and other highly acidic beverages have increased significantly is a well-documented, global phenomenon.” How to lessen the risks for tooth corrosion: Drink less acidic beverages such as soda, juice and sport drinks. Drink water instead. Wait at least an hour before you brush your teeth if you’ve been drinking juice or soda or if you’ve thrown up. Just rinse your mouth with water or a fluoride product instead. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles, a fluoride toothpaste, and a fluoride rinse.