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Energy Drinks and Your Teeth
Posted on 12/17/2015 by Renee Bancroft
Do you rely on highly-caffeinated energy drinks in order to get you going in the morning? Are you a high school or college student that drinks Red Bulls religiously in order to stay awake to study late at night? While these energy bursts can certainly benefit your productivity, they can actually be quite harmful to your teeth. Find out why you should be careful when consuming these beverages.
Energy Drinks Contain Sugar and Acid
Energy drinks contain two components that can set up the perfect storm for tooth decay: sugar and acid. Both of these issues can cause damage to the enamel of your teeth, and it has even been shown that an energy drink will contain up to three times the amount of acid and sugar than a regular soda.
When consumed frequently, these energy drinks can cause the enamel of the teeth to begin to wear away. This will expose a soft under layer known as the dentin. Not only is dentin extremely vulnerable to decay, but it also appears yellow in relation to the natural enamel, so your teeth will look stained and discolored.
Keeping Your Teeth Safe
When drinking energy drinks, the best plan of action for keeping your teeth safe is to limit your consumption. While you should try to seek healthier alternatives, if you do choose to drink an energy drink, be sure to rinse out your mouth with water after you've finished.
This will minimize acidity. Additionally, drinking the beverage quickly can reduce the potential damage to your teeth, as slowly nursing an energy drink will cause a slow and consistent washing of sugar and acid throughout your mouth.
If you are a chronic energy drink consumer, it is important that you have your teeth checked out by a professional to look for signs of damage. Please contact us to set up your appointment.
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