Consuming energy drinks have become part of modern everyday life, especially among younger population. Energy drinks are mainly used for the rapid restoration of muscle strength and to improve mood, alertness, and better memory. However, it is known that energy drinks may cause heart rhythm disorders, uncontrolled hypertension (elevated blood pressure) and all the health complications similar to these. Among many other bad things we will add one more to the list, and it’s quite frightening actually. Energy drinks certainly may contribute to the fast increase of energy and so on, but be sure they are VERY BAD for your teeth!
Researchers concluded in a new study that people who drink these beverages are “literally flooding the teeth with acid”. Just think about it… no one wants acid in their mouth! The study analyzed the level of acidity of 13 different sports drinks and nine energy drinks so it could precisely define their impact on dental health.
It turns out that the levels of acid will vary between brands, as well as specific tastes within the same brand products. The researchers put the tooth enamel in an energy drink for 15 minutes, and after that they exposed it to the human saliva for two hours; This was done four times daily for five days!
They found that there is a significant damage on the tooth enamel. Particularly this damage has been caused by the energy drinks.
People are not even aware of how much these drinks can be bad for your teeth, says Dr. Poonam Jain, author of the study. This is especially true for teenagers because more than half of them consume these drinks nearly every day.
Dentists agree that energy and sports drinks should certainly be avoided, but if you cannot do that then it would be better to chew some sugar-free gum or drink water after intake. “Both tactics stimulate the secretion of saliva, which helps to balance the level of acidity in the mouth,” says Jain.
Take care of your teeth and don’t let the Tooth Fairy visit you sooner than expected!