For many new age-old enthusiasts, probiotic drinks such as kombucha are an integral part of a healthy lifestyle.
Kombucha, which has fermented sweet tea made from a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeasts (SCOBY) that grows in a semipermeable membrane, is said to help digestion, increase immunity, reduce inflammation, increase energy, and even relieve anxiety and depression. among other (often dubious) claims. After growing popularity over the last ten years, kombucha can be found on the shelves of almost every grocery store, especially health food stores such as Whole Foods. The Kombucha market in the world is expected to reach 5.45 billion dollars by 2025.
However, raising this drink among health consciousness comes at a cost: your teeth. Some dentists have noticed an increase in erosion, coinciding with combo's popularity, questioning his so-called Miraculous impact.
"Kombucha is almost as sour as pop and energy drinks," said Dr. Bobby J. Grossi, author, motivational spokesperson and founder of the Grossi Dental Institute. "Sour drinks are mixed with the pH of the saliva, which should ideally be 7 or 7.3 when the saliva becomes sour, it becomes a site for the propagation of bacteria that can absorb the mouth."
This bacterium, says Grossi, causes erosion of the enamel, accumulation of plaque, which can lead to gum disease or tooth decay. Grossi added sweet drinks that weaken the teeth.
The acid in kombucha is crucial to the survival of bacteria, which makes it a challenge for manufacturers to decide. Dr. Greg Grobmyer of AuthorityDental.org, who has DDS from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, told Salon that it is almost as sour as soda. "It's not unusual to see" slipping "in the enamel of someone who drinks a lot of kombucha," he told Salon.
Pitting occurs on the surface of the tooth and usually causes decay.
"We offer rinsing the mouth with water after drinking the kombucha to wash the acidic compounds that they can leave behind and not to eat or wash at least 30 minutes after, allowing their tooth enamel to re-mineralize and recover, "says Grobier.
Asked whether it is better or worse, Grossie said he did not believe he was either between the kombucha and the soda.
"Both beverages are very acidic and have a lot of sugar in them," Grossi said. "I am a firm believer that water and milk are drinks of choice."
"I always recommend drinking fresh lemon water in it to create a more alkaline environment, not only in the mouth but also in the blood," says Grossi.
In general, it seems that jurors still do not work when it comes to the alleged benefits to the kombucha's health.
While studies have shown that probiotic foods are useful for digestion and bowel health, other studies question the health of kombucha. An article from a 2014 academic journal published in "Comprehensive reviews in food science and food safety" reads: "Most of [kombucha’s] benefits are only tested in experimental models and there is no scientific evidence based on human models. "
Given that dentists are at the forefront of our oral health, it would be wise to listen to their observations.