Dangers of energy drinks and oral health
Soft drinks or soda have become an common part of life of the average 21st-century human. You can get them everywhere you turn. The ready availability of this soda and energy drinks is, however, not without consequence. These soda and energy drinks have sugar and soda constituents that can cause some damage to the teeth and compromise your oral health.
Are energy drinks bad for your teeth?
Yes. Phosphoric acids, carbon, and citric acids are examples of acids found in soda. When these acids are consumed by the way of soda intake, they start to fight the calcium in your teeth and wear out the enamel. When the enamel is worn out and weak, the sugar content of soda will find easy penetration into the tooth, resulting in teeth cavity.
Are diet drinks bad for your teeth?
To escape the sugar content of soda drinks, a lot of people opt for diet sodas. What they fail to realize is that there are still acids capable of weakening the enamel in diet sodas. All that’s needed after the enamel have become weakened is for you to eat sugary food. The sugar contents of the food will then seep into the weakened enamel to cause damage to the tooth and compromise your oral health.
How to protect yourself from the dangers of soda drinks
Despite the dangers of sodas they will still continue to produce and get consumed by people. How can you protect yourself from the dangers of soda drinks?
The first step will be to adopt the moderation strategy. You need not stop the consumption of soda altogether, but for the love of your teeth and enamel, you have to take it in moderation.
Drink your soda with the aid of straw to reduce the contact of the drink with your teeth to the barest minimum.
Also, after drinking your soda, drink water or rinse your mouth with water to help wash the sugar and acid away from your teeth. Choosing to have your teeth brushed after drinking soda will help you to completely remove the acid and sugar residue from your teeth. But be sure to swish well with water beforehand to allow the pH level in your mouth to go down so that way you are not brushing acid into your teeth.
Energy drinks, like soda, are a regular phenomenon and part of living in the 21st century. Teens and adult alike are well known to take energy drinks regularly and as much as one energy drink per day or even more. As the name implies, the energy drink is taken for the sole purpose of “regaining lost energy”. It helps people stay up at night when needed, improve their performance at sporting activities, and boost their energy altogether.
The increase in the purchase and consumption of energy drinks is due to the belief that these energy drinks are healthier alternatives to soda drinks. The ease of purchase of these energy drinks coupled with a surge in the number of production companies has made energy drink become almost a norm in today’s society.
To get an energy drink for consumption is as easy as buying up soda or carbonated drink at any available store nearby. The perceived healthiness of energy drinks is, however, faulted as energy drinks also contain ingredients that can cause potential dangers to your health and your oral health. In fact, some particular energy drinks probably have greater sugar and acid level than even the more feared soda drinks.
Energy drinks have high constituents that include acids, caffeine, sugar, taurine and so on and so forth. These energy drink constituents all aid the weakening of the tooth enamel. With enamel weakened, the sugar content of the drink seeps into the enamel and causes teeth decay or cavities.
Sugar is known to augment the dangers and risk of tooth decay. It makes the teeth more prone and defenseless against cavity-causing diseases. The high acidity level, on the other hand, increases the teeth’s risk of dental tooth erosion which can result in very serious consequences.
What is dental erosion? and what are the dangers of dental erosion?
Dental erosion is caused by the actions of acids on the teeth. The dental-erosion-causing acids go to work on the victim’s teeth just to get damaged. Dental erosion is mostly irreversible and can metamorphose into oral health problems that are even more dangerous than dental cavities.
Dangers of dental erosion
Dental erosion leads to the softening and weakening of the enamel.
It demineralized the enamel. Doing this will further make the enamel prone to damage more than when it was healthy.
Also, dental erosion makes the teeth hypersensitive to touch, heat, cold and sugar.
One of the most dangerous effects of dental erosion is the dissolving of the enamel. To correct this situation, there is usually a need for tooth restoration. The process of this tooth restoration is, however, very complex and is best you try to avoid such a situation.
How can you prevent dental erosion and other dangers of the consumption of energy drink?
Like it is with soda, the first thing you must do to reduce the risk of having any tooth problem because of energy drink consumption is to reduce the frequency of consumption.
Take your energy drink with the aid of straw to reduce direct contact of your teeth with the drink.
Go for alternative and healthier beverages like green juices, protein shakes, green tea, smoothies etc, and water.
Schedule your consumption of energy drinks and soda alike to the end of a meal. Saliva in the mouth will retain the natural level of pH and mineralize the enamel.
Reduce your intake of energy drinks before bedtime. Never go to bed without brushing your teeth.
Go for milk or yoghurt and cheese without sugar to reduce the level of acid consumption.
Chew gums that are not sugar-sweetened to increase the production of saliva in the mouth. A xylitol gum or mint will help stop cavities. Read more about xylitol and oral health.
Soda and energy drinks have come to become a big part of our existence, and while you might not need to totally cut out the consumption of these soft drinks, there are some steps that you must take to keep your oral health as good as you can.
Kelly Hancock, RDH
Kelly is a registered dental hygienist and oral health care provider. She is passionate about oral hygiene and encourages people to achieve optimal oral health. She has been working in the dental profession for 16 years and worked in many different roles in the dental industry. Kelly is currently a pediatric dental hygienist specializing in children’s dentistry. She is committed to helping others with their oral health care issues and helping others achieve a smile they love.