Are you regularly drinking energy or sports drinks?

Published on April 17, 2012 by

According to a study in the journal “Dentistry”, teeth soaked in energy drinks for 14days fared worse than teeth soaked in fitness water and soft drinks.

Energy drinks have higher levels of acidity.  The acids alter the pH level in the mouth and dissolve enamel, which allows decay to begin.

The drinks in the study that caused the most destruction of enamel included KMX sports drink, Snapple lemonade, Red Bull, Gatorade lemon-line and PowerAde Arctic Shatter.

Besides elimination or significantly decreasing the use of energy beverages, the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry has put forth these guidelines:

  • Increase your water intake as a substitute for the energy drink.
  • Swallow quickly when you drink highly acidic beverages.
  • Do not swish the beverage around in your mouth.
  • Use a straw to push the drink to the back of your mouth.
  • Rinse or swish with plain water to reduce the acidity of your mouth.
  • Chew sugarless gum to increase saliva output.
  • Do not brush your teeth for a least one hour after drinking high acid drinks.  The brush abrades your weakened enamel.
  • Use a soft toothbrush and low abrasive fluoridated toothpaste.

Don’t become a victim of dental pain, infection and potential loss of teeth, because of the energy drink.

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