Energy & Fitness Drinks

Researchers have experimented with popular fitness drinks and come away with some startling results. According to a study published in the AGD journal, General Dentistry, energy drinks can cause up to 11 times more enamel erosion than soft drinks.

Here’s how the experiment went:
Cavity-free teeth were immersed in a variety of popular beverages for 14 days, which is approximately equal to 13 years of normal beverage consumption. All the test beverages caused significant damage to the tooth enamel, but certain ones stood out as being especially damaging to tooth enamel:

  • Lemonade
  • Energy Drinks
  • Sports Drinks
  • Fitness Water
  • Iced Tea
  • Cola soft drink

Most dental-conscious people wouldn’t have expected their Vitamin Water to be more damaging over a cola drink. Unfortunately, fitness waters, energy drinks, and sports beverages actually contain more additives and organic acids that advance tooth erosion. These organic acids are especially damaging because of their ability to breakdown calcium, which is an essential ingredient for strong teeth.

In addition, these drinks can contribute to staining and hypersensitivity caused by softened tooth enamel. To minimize the impact these drinks have on your teeth, limit your intake, drink with a straw when possible, and rinse your mouth out with plain water after drinking sugary or acidic beverages.

One more thing…

Don’t brush your teeth after chugging your breakfast of Red Bull and Life Water. The abrasives in toothpaste can actually cause even more damage because of the softened state of your acid-exposed tooth enamel. Wait at least 45 minutes before brushing and consider rinsing before brushing with plain water to flush away excess sugars.

Talk to your dentist at Oak Park Dental if you have concerns about damage to your tooth enamel from beverages you regularly drink. Certain pro-active dental treatments and oral hygiene products can help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent the onset of gum disease.

Talk to your dentist at Oak Park Dental if you have concerns about damage to your tooth enamel from beverages you regularly drink. Certain pro-active dental treatments and oral hygiene products can help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent the onset of gum disease.

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