Find out if energy drinks and sports drinks are bad for your teeth in the latest article from Hyde Park Dental Care.
When was the last time you had an energy drink or sports drink? If you’re like most people in Australia you’ve probably had one in the last week or even today.
What damage can energy drinks and sports drinks do to my teeth?
Both of these types of drinks instigates an acid attack on your teeth which results in the softening/wearing away of the enamel, which increases the risk of developing cavities and an increase in tooth sensitivity.
In a study, it was found that:
- It only takes 5 days for sports and energy drinks to inflict evident tooth enamel damage
- Energy drinks inflict 2 times more tooth enamel damage than sports drinks
- Any damage inflicted on the tooth enamel by regular or frequent exposure to these highly acidic products is permanent
Can I still drink them?
Really you shouldn’t be drinking anything that is fizzy or acidic as it can damage your enamel and cause decay. However, we know that we can’t be good all the time in which case you should follow these tips:
- Cut down how much you drink
- Drink through a straw
- Don’t brush your teeth for an hour after you’ve finished one of these drinks
- Don’t drink them before bed
- Swish water around your mouth after each bottle or can of drink
The best way to prevent damage to your teeth is by substituting energy and sports drinks with drinking just water.
It’s also important to make sure that you visit your dentist at Hyde Park Dental Care in Sydney. We can provide a thorough check-up and prevent further enamel damage and cavities by fixing a fissure sealant or dental bonding to restore your enamel.
Chronic energy and sports beverage drinkers should book a check-up today!