Energy Drinks Damage Your Teeth! Should You Stop Drinking?

However, I did not come across this issue of
Energy/Sports drinks and their effects on the teeth. I
was to give a seminar presentation on the recent
industrial uses of casein and whey protein when I
came across a research that tested how whey protein
could be used to reduce the damage caused by
sports drinks on the teeth enamel. I was surprised to
know that sports/energy drink could be deleterious
to the health of our teeth.
What are the negative effects of Sports/Energy Drinks
on Teeth?
Let me start by telling you that many food we
consume have one effect we may not like on our
body. How much effect they have just depends on
how much you eat them. So is the case of this energy
drinks too – how much exposure of your teeth to to
this drink will determine how quickly your enamels
wear. This is called dental erosion.According to a particular study these drinks can
damage the teeth beyond repair. “The big
misconception is that energy drinks and sports
drinks are healthier than soda for oral health,” says
researcher Poonam Jain, BDS, MPH, associate
professor and director of community dentistry at the
Southern Illinois University School of Dental
Medicine.
Poonam Jain’s team tested 13 sports drinks and nine
energy drinks for acidity. They tested six drinks for
their effects on tooth enamel and what was their
discovery? Both types (Energy Drink and Sports
Drink) caused damage. The erosion caused by energy
drinks, however, were twice as bad. Damaged tooth
enamel cannot be fixed.
Should you believe the results of these researches?
Experts in the beverage industry have critisized many
of these researches. They claim that the experimental
teeth were placed in the drinks for excessive periods
which do not truly represent how much time our
teeth get exposed to the drink when we take them.
So, should you stop Sports & Energy Drinks because
of your teeth?
Let me first let you know that exposure of the teeth to
these kind of acids over a long period cause tooth
decay. Apart from this, they are also not good for
your belly, and oesophagus if you are prone to acid
reflux.
What I would advise is to make sure you rinse your
mouth with water after taking these drinks. This
should help clear away any of the drinks that may
have stayed between teeth and stick around gums.
Also, do not was your teeth immediately after taking
these drinks. Your teeth are softer after taking these
sport or energy drinks, brushing may scrape off your
enamel little by little. That is why you would feel
some little pain sensation when you do this. You get a
feeling that the brush is already touching your
dentine.

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