Think again before you drink another can of Red bull. We all know they don’t really give you wings! But what many people don’t realise is that energy drinks can have a range of negative effects on your teeth. Energy drinks have high levels of acid, more so than sport drinks. So, while they keep you energised for a few hours, they are also secretly wrecking your teeth. Here we discuss the ways energy drinks can damage your oral health:
Energy drinks can damage tooth enamel
You wouldn’t be alone if you thought energy drinks were better for your oral health than sodas, coffee and sports drinks. It has been found that the acid in energy drinks is so significant, that it could gradually destroy your tooth enamel. When your tooth enamel is damaged, it makes your mouth prone to bacteria, due to the lack of protection from the enamel. Serious dental problems can arise when bacteria seeps into your teeth.
Without the protection of the enamel, sensitives can occur on the teeth. This can create pain and discomfort when you eat certain foods. The roots of your tooth can become inflamed and bleeding in the gums can occur. Only excessive consumption of energy drinks would cause you to experience pain in your mouth, but it’s an important thing to keep in mind.
As energy drinks can erode your enamel, your teeth can become susceptible to decay and cavities. The enamel cannot be regrown after its damaged, so the decaying effects can be quite severe. Energy drinks are popular among teens. Make sure you moderate your teen’s energy drink consumption to avoid any damage to their oral health.
A twofold attack on your teeth…
Ultimately, energy drinks launch a double assault on your teeth. Drinks like Monster contain high levels of sugar and acid. Always drink plenty of water to dilute the acid and don’t brush your teeth straight after drinking, because it can spread the acid around your mouth. The best solution may just be refraining from energy drinks all together.