We’ve all had those dreadful tried moments throughout the day that causes us to crave an energy drink; however, once you gulp down your liquid energy it comes with a price. Just after five energy drinks it secretly eats away at your tooth enamel which leads to dental cavities. Dental cavities are caused by bacteria in the mouth using sugar from foods and drinks to produce acids that dissolve and damage the tooth. Teens and young adults are the majority who drink energy drinks because they are more likely to have sleepless nights or they may believe it will improve their performance in physical activities.
Scientists studied over 20 different popular sport and energy drinks to determine the effects of these sugary drinks. They measured the fluoride levels, pH levels, and something called “titratable acidity” and found that it takes far longer for saliva to neutralize acid in the mouth. Energy drinks produce such a high level of acid that it causes tooth erosion; and, by allowing acids to attack the teeth, it dissolves the outer surface of tooth enamel which also causes sensitive teeth. Citric acids used are a preservative to enhance the flavor and shelf life; however, the amount of citric acid in an energy drink is not something companies have to declare on their labels, unfortunately.
Our Marietta Dentists, Kirk Kimmerling DDS, Suzanna Aguilera DMD, and Garrick McGrath DMD invite you to learn more about the effects on your teeth by drinking these sugary energy drinks. Please contact our office at 770-423-4900 or schedule an appointment for a consultation.