Can Sports and Energy Drinks Cause Tooth Decay?
Even though we are trying to make healthy choices when we choose to drink sports drinks instead of soda, our teeth are subject to damage due to the citric acids contained in these types of beverages.
Sugar may root your teeth, but the acid in energy and sports drinks will also do some irreversible damage to your teeth, say researchers. A new study published in the journal General Dentistry found that energy and sports drinks contain so much acid that they start destroying teeth after only five days of consistent use. Thirty to 50 percent of American teens use energy drinks, the paper says, and up to 62 percent drink sports drinks at least once a day. Researchers analyzed acidity, pH and fluoride of 13 different sports drinks and nine energy drinks by submerging samples of human tooth enamel in each beverage for 15 minutes. They then immersed the samples in artificial saliva for two hours. This was repeated four times a day for five days. The scientists observed damage to the enamel by the time the five days were up. Energy drinks were the worst culprits, the researchers said. They said acidity levels vary among brands and flavors of energy drinks, and caused twice as much damage, as the sports drinks.
Your concerned dentist in Cambridge MA wants you to know that sports and energy drinks can sometimes be harmful to your teeth due to high content of citric acids. At our dental practice in Cambridge we want to help you keep your smile bright and healthy for a lifetime. Remember, you only get one set of permanent teeth and it is up to you to care for them properly.