3 Ways That Energy Drinks Are Bad News For Teeth
Energy drinks are some of the most popular beverages on the market right now, especially amongst teenagers. Many consume these drinks in order to enhance everyday performance, alertness, and energy levels. While they may seem harmless, with some companies making “sugar-free” options, there is a lot more to worry about than the sugar content of these beverages. If you’re an energy drink consumer, or the parent of an energy addict teenager, here are the three things you need to keep in mind regarding energy in a can:
Energy Drinks Damage Tooth Enamel
Enamel helps protect the teeth from their daily duties of chewing, biting, and grinding; it plays a very important role in the health of our mouths. The acid found in energy drinks is believed to cause more damage than coffee, sports drinks, or sodas. When the enamel is damaged it is prone to cracks and fractures, which can allow for bacteria to creep in and cause other serious issues to arise.
Excessive Consumption May Cause Sensitivities
Tooth enamel also helps protect teeth from extreme temperatures and chemicals. Without the protection of the enamel, teeth can be left exposed “to the elements” and sensitivities can develop. This can serve to create pain when eating certain foods (such as ice cream) or drinking cold beverages.
Energy Drinks May Quicken Decay
When your enamel has been worn down, tooth decay can also become a serious issue. Both the carbonation and highly acidic ingredients in the drinks can cause tooth decay. Not to mention the bacteria in your mouth converts sugar into acid, which leaves your mouth with an even more highly acidic environment. Without strong, pro-active dental habits, energy drinks can quickly begin to contribute to the rotting of teeth.
If your teen is drinking an energy drink every day, or even a few a week, irreversible damage may already be in the works. The best way to prevent damage is for them to cut way back on energy drink consumption or ask them to stop all together. If that is not an option it is best to dilute the drink, rinse your mouth afterwards, and refrain from brushing teeth for a few hours after finishing.
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