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The study covered more than 700 children aged six to 15 found. ADA found that that 68 per cent of the number showed some sign of tooth erosion.

ADA said the condition is usually most common among wine drinkers. But due to the surge in fruit juice bar and sports drinks products, which are popular among young people, children have been affected.

ADA president Neil Hewson has a simple prescription to avoid tooth erosion. He said fruit juice and carbonated drinks lovers can avoid tooth erosion by drinking beverages more quickly or using a straw so the acid won't touch the teeth.

Hewson also suggested sipping water after drinking soda to clear the mouth of acid.

The advice is being given as the ADA marks Dental Health Week starting Monday. Tooth erosion was the focus of the event.

Tooth erosion is the gradual wearing away or dissolving of the outer enamel layer of the teeth. It results in teeth appearing shorter and having visibly worn surfaces.

Prolonged tooth erosion can increased tooth sensitivity and cause difficulty in eating. Aside from, carbonated drink consumption, the other causes of tooth erosion are a lack of saliva, gastric reflux, and brushing teeth too soon after particular foods or drinks.