Friday, September 4, 2015

The Negative Effects of Energy Drinks

If you thought your teeth would always be in good condition so long as you’re not a regular soda drinker, new studies reveal how your favorite energy drinks could also be common causes for tooth decay. We at WynneWood Dental Arts would like you to keep these things in mind every time you’re about to open that bottle of Gatorade.

Energy Drinks Tarnish Tooth Enamel

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body and contains the highest percentage of minerals, 96% to be specific. It helps protect the teeth from chewing, biting and grinding. However, due to the high level of acid found in energy drinks, it causes more damage than coffees and sodas. A damaged enamel is prone to cracks and fractures which allow bacteria to creep in and cause other serious dental issues to arise.

Too Much Energy Drinks Cause Sensitivities

Our tooth enamel is also responsible in protecting our teeth from extreme temperatures and chemicals. Without protection, teeth are more vulnerable “to the elements” and sensitivities can develop. This can serve to create pain when eating certain foods (such as ice cream) or drinking cold beverages.

Energy Drinks May Quicken Decay

A worn-down enamel results to tooth decay. Both the carbonation and highly acidic ingredients in the drinks can cause tooth decay. Without strong, pro-active dental habits, energy drinks can quickly begin to contribute to the rotting of teeth.

With this, make sure to cut way back on your energy drink consumption, if you can’t stop it all together. Also, practice better oral health and visit your dentist regularly. We look forward to having the pleasure of providing you with smile makeovers! Feel free to check out today.