When it comes to oral health, what you eat affects your teeth and gum health. As a general rule of thumb, you should know to avoid sugary foods. They increase the risk of oral infections like tooth cavities and gum disease. Still, how much do you know about the impact of your favorite drinks on your teeth?
The sugars present in energy drinks are just one of the factors that damage teeth. However, the real problem lies in the acidity of energy drinks. They contain twice the acidity than is present in soda and other sports drinks. Such high levels of acidity threaten your teeth’ health through enamel erosion.
Even though enamels are harder than bones, they start dissolving when exposed to high acidity. Therefore, high consumption of energy drinks erodes the enamel, weakening teeth. When the enamel erodes, it promotes penetration of sugars to the inner teeth’ layers, which are much softer than the exterior.
Another way that energy drinks affect your oral health is through tampering with pH balance. Dentists in Vernon, BC, have found that one sip of an energy drink can lower the pH levels to 2 on the pH scale. When the pH levels drop, it takes about 30 minutes for the body to balance it out through the saliva. Unfortunately, those 30 minutes may be all it takes for sugars and bacteria to seep into inner teeth layers.
Energy drinks may not look like they are harming your teeth immediately after you take your first sip. Instead, your teeth undergo a gradual deterioration with continued use. Some signs that your teeth are yielding to erosion are:
The best way to protect your teeth from the adverse acidity in energy drinks is to avoid them altogether. If you can substitute energy drinks for other options like yogurt, you can spare your teeth the damage. Still, consider the following to help you maintain good oral health if you choose to keep taking energy drinks:
At Ryan K Dentistry, we advise patients with a sweet tooth or specific cravings to prioritize preventive measures for their dental health. It should be the same if you love energy drinks. Some ways to care for your teeth in preventive and general dentistry are: