Shaw et al (British Society of Dental Research, Sheffield, 13 April 1994) have shown a striking relationship between the use of carbonated drinks and the loss of tooth tissue in children. The most severe amounts of this erosive loss - which closely resembles the effect of abrasive chewed between the teeth - was seen in children drinking an average of 13.9 such drinks per week.
Before your readership dismisses this as yet another health scare which 'will never happen to me', may I suggest that they try dividing 13.9 by seven and then asking themselves or their children how many such drinks they really have in a day.
PETER J. M. CRAWFORD
Consultant Senior Lecturer
Department of Child
University of BristolReuse content