You get up early to get in a work-out before your kids wake up and start the hectic morning routine to get out the door. Then you’re at work for 8 hours before you drive to sports practices, make dinner and do all the other things required of your day before you finally fall into bed just to do it again the next day. It’s no wonder many of us turn to energy drinks to get us through the day!
Studies actually show that young adults are the highest consumers of energy drinks, with 34% of males between the age of 18 and 24 drinking energy drinks on a regular basis. While they do provide a quick boost of energy, they also can wreak havoc on teeth. Many energy drinks contain a high amount of sugar. Some contain up to 55 grams of sugar, the equivalent of 14 teaspoons of sugar, and almost twice as much as the recommended daily allowance! Any food that contains sugar will contribute to tooth decay and the more frequently your teeth are exposed to sugar, the risk of decay increases. So if you’re someone who sips on energy drinks or drinks multiple energy drinks in one day, remember that you’re increasing the risk of getting cavities!
Energy drinks, even the sugar free varieties, are also highly acidic. By creating an acidic environment, energy drinks cause the protective enamel layer of teeth to be more susceptible to eroding. When the enamel is damaged or weakened, teeth are more prone to bacteria creating cavities, which can ultimately cause sensitivity and pain.
The best solution is not to drink energy drinks at all, but if you do, make sure you limit yourself to one. Drinking some water afterwards can help to reduce the sugar and acid on your teeth as well. Chewing sugar-free gum after you drink an energy drink can also help to promote saliva production, thereby protecting your teeth.
Dr. Stenvall and the Queen City Dental Arts team in Charlotte, NC, are always ready to answer your questions about energy drinks and the health of your teeth. Please give us a call today at 704-542-6533 with your questions and concerns. We are here to help you maintain your healthy, beautiful smile!