This increasingly popular ‘health drink’ could be putting your teeth at risk.
‘Kombucha’; sounds like a new form of martial arts doesn’t it? In fact, it is a probiotic drink that is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, especially with those wishing to follow a healthy diet.
It is a fermented tea-like drink that contains a small amount of naturally produced alcohol.
As it can be sometimes a little ‘vinegary’ in taste, sugar is also usually added to make it more palatable and to aid the fermentation process.
Like some natural yoghurts and other products, kombucha also contains bacteria that are said to be beneficial for a healthy gut.
How can it damage teeth?
We won’t try to validate, or otherwise, the claims that are made for the health properties of this fermented drink; that is not our role. Our Foxhall Dental Practice team are more concerned about whether drinking this type of tea will have any negative effects on your teeth.
The first thing to note is that this drink contains sugar and any type of sugar, whether a refined or natural sugar like honey, is potentially harmful to your teeth. As this drink has a slightly vinegary taste to it, it is unlikely to appeal to many pallets in an unsweetened state. Because we are perhaps accustomed to sweeter tastes these days, with sugar being added to many products, and because we can sweeten this drink to our own taste, it is quite possible that the sugar levels could be significant.
Kombucha is also an acidic drink, in some cases reaching similar levels to that found in high sugar carbonated drinks. As we have noted before, this could lead to our Ipswich patients suffering from enamel erosion on their teeth, making them more susceptible to tooth decay as well as sensitive teeth.