While energy drinks are often touted as being a healthier and beneficial alternative to carbonates drinks and sometimes water, thanks to the electrolytes they may provide, they are actually a worse choice. Many consumers are unaware of the pitfalls of these energy drinks and supplemental workout beverages until they speak with their dental team. At Gentle Dental Care in Edison, New Jersey, Drs. Brad Strober and Rebecca Kucharsky Hiess offer information for those who want to learn more about what they are putting on in their bodies.
What effect does an energy drink have on the teeth?
Our fast-paced, busy lifestyles often lead to the consumption of energy drinks to help boost our performance at work or keep us awake through the school day. Unfortunately, there are many concerns regarding energy drinks that affect not only the body but the smile. While these drinks can become an addiction due to the caffeine levels, it can also be damaging to the teeth.
How do energy drinks affect the smile?
The enamel on the teeth is one of the strongest, hardest elements of our bodies. However, it is weak to acids. Sugar found in energy drinks can become acidic and weaken natural tooth enamel. This, in turn, can cause the formation of tooth decay due to the pH imbalance that can occur in the mouth. Additionally, it can weaken gum tissues which protect the roots of the teeth from damage.
How can I prevent damage to the smile?
To protect your smile from damage, it is vital that you have a nutritious diet and avoid high-sugar and high-acid beverages and foods. Regular visits with the dentist are encouraged, along with brushing and flossing after every meal, snack, and beverage.
Call Gentle Dental Care today to learn more about the dangers of energy drinks
If you are addicted to energy drinks, it may be time to talk to a dentist about the damage their consumption may have already caused. Drs. Brad Strober and Rebecca Kucharsky Hiess of Edison, NJ, work closely with patients to help educate them on the many ways the smile can be protected from everyday damage. Call 732-549-5660 to request a consultation visit with our professionals to discuss your oral health needs.