By now, you’ve probably heard of the health risks associated with drinking mineral water and other mineral-water drinks, particularly when it comes to tooth decay.
But now a new study has shown that drinking mineral waters can also be a major risk factor for dental caries.
The findings come from a recent study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
Dr. Stephanie Wittenberger, one of the authors of the study, said that the study was designed to look at how mineral water consumption can affect tooth decay rates, particularly among children and people with lower socioeconomic status.
The researchers found that people who drank mineral water reported more tooth decay than people who didn’t drink mineral water.
The study was based on data collected from a national sample of nearly 8,000 people aged between 4 and 79 in Sweden.
Dr Wittenberg said that people with low socioeconomic status (less than 50 percent of the population) had the highest dental cariousness rates, while those with higher socioeconomic status had the lowest.
The results were also not affected by whether the study participants were in the US, Canada or Australia.
“These are really small populations, so it’s important to understand what are the differences between countries and between the countries that we studied,” she said.
In addition, the study focused on the impact of mineral water on caries in adults.
Wittenburger said that, for the people in the study who drank most of their mineral water at home, dental carial rates were about 5 percent lower than those of people who did not drink mineral-based beverages.
However, the researchers also found that mineral-containing water did not appear to affect carious levels in people who used mineral water for other reasons, such as brushing their teeth.
Wittenberger said that more research is needed to better understand how mineral-rich water can affect dental health.
“We’re still at the beginning of understanding how minerals affect our teeth and how they interact with other systems in our body,” she told ABC News.
“We need to look more closely at what minerals are really good for and what can we do to get better minerals and lower dental caris.”
Source: ABC News article