Those energy drinks you love? They’re eating your teeth, literally. As long as we can remember it’s been instilled in our brains that sugar will rot your teeth, and it will, but recently focus has changed on to the acidity in energy drinks. It’s not something we think much about, but dentists say it’s high time we start, especially when it comes to the amount of energy drinks we are consuming.
In a recent study, researchers found that teeth lost enamel with exposure to several kinds of drinks, but energy drinks took off a lot more enamel than other drinks. Another study found that energy drinks contain so much acid that they start destroying teeth after only five days of consistent use. FIVE DAYS. That’s a shocking finding.
Most of these patients are shocked to learn that these drinks are essentially bathing their teeth with acid. In fact, the authors found that energy drinks caused twice as much damage to teeth as sports drinks. After drinking these energy drinks, the acidy literally is sitting on your teeth. But you can’t brush after drinking them to help protect your teeth because at this time the enamel on your teeth is soft and prone to damage. Brushing would be a bad idea. Damage caused to tooth enamel is irreversible, and without the protection of enamel, teeth become overly sensitive, prone to cavities, and more likely to decay.
A far better approach would be working to improve sleep quality and quantity. When these drinks combine a load of acid and sugar, they are detrimental to waistline and smile alike.
For more information on oral health contact Berry Hill Dentistry at 516-921-1717.