Saturday, October 18, 2008

Dentists warn against brushing teeth after every meal

Dentists in Britain say children should not brush their teeth after every meal, they say it may be doing their teeth more harm than good.

A study of dentists and parents of school-age children, by toothpaste company Sensodyne, found that 53% of five-year-olds had tooth erosion.

Experts are suggesting that acid in food and drink can make tooth enamel soft and using a toothbrush straight after eating can scratch the surface of the teeth and wear them down.

Professor Jimmy Steele of the School of Dental Sciences at the University of Newcastle, analysed the study, and he says children should avoid brushing immediately after consuming acidic food or drinks as this is when the enamel is at its softest.

He says adult teeth generally start to appear when children are six yearsold and need to last a lifetime, so protection from an early age is vital; he says children should be encouraged to drink acid drinks with a straw placed towards the back of the mouth away from teeth.

While the main cause of acid erosion is drinks, fizzy ones are not the only culprits as those containing fruit are also high in acid.

According to the research, even eating an orange and sucking out the juice from segments is bad for erosion.

The research found that 93 per cent of parents are not aware of which types of food and drink contain acid and 58% say their children smother food in sauces or dressings, not realising this is a major cause of acid erosion.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Online Health News

People who drink alcohol mixed with energy drinks can double their chances of being hurt or injured after drinking, needing medical attention and travelling with a drunk driver, according to new US research.

Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) CEO John Rogerson said "People need to consider the risks involved in consuming these drinks. The research suggests you are more likely to end up in hospital or be assaulted if you drink these products. "

"Combining alcohol and energy drinks is just plain dangerous. People might think they are drinking alcoholic energy drinks responsibly, but if they choose to then drive they are at particular risk, because they may feel more sober than they really are."

The Australian Drug Foundation backed a public warning from The Hon. Tony Robinson, Minister for Consumer Affairs, that alcoholic energy drinks may be more intoxicating than consumers expect.

"The Australian Drug Foundation is pleased that the Victorian Government recognises the potential risks that alcoholic energy drinks can pose and we now need to work together to ensure the message gets to those most at risk."

In most cases, the caffeine content in alcoholic energy drinks is far greater than non-alcoholic energy drinks. The table below shows the caffeine content per serving size of some popular alcoholic energy drinks * and soft drinks:

Beverage (250 ml) - Caffeine content
Coca-Cola - 48.75 mg
Elevate * - 96.6mg
HI NRG * - 60mg
Naughty Boy * - 80mg
Pepsi - 40 mg
Pulse * - 44mg
Red Bull - 80 mg
'V' - 78 m

Mr. Rogerson also implored all alcohol companies to actually cease the production of alcoholic energy drinks.

"What we would ideally like is for all alcohol companies to act responsibly and voluntarily withdraw the production of alcoholic energy drinks"

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