If you have not read my bio before, you may not know that I studied Food Science and Technology in school. However, I did not come across this issue of Energy/Sports drinks and their effects on the teeth. I was to give a seminar presentation on the recent industrial uses of casein and whey protein when I came across a research that tested how whey protein could be used to reduce the damage caused by sports drinks on the teeth enamel. I was surprised to know that sports/energy drink could be deleterious to the health of our teeth.
What are the negative effects of Sports/Energy Drinks on Teeth?
Let me start by telling you that many food we consume have one effect we may not like on our body. How much effect they have just depends on how much you eat them. So is the case of this energy drinks too – how much exposure of your teeth to to this drink will determine how quickly your enamels wear. This is called dental erosion.
According to a particular study these drinks can damage the teeth beyond repair. “The big misconception is that energy drinks and sports drinks are healthier than soda for oral health,” says researcher Poonam Jain, BDS, MPH, associate professor and director of community dentistry at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.
Poonam Jain’s team tested 13 sports drinks and nine energy drinks for acidity. They tested six drinks for their effects on tooth enamel and what was their discovery? Both types (Energy Drink and Sports Drink) caused damage. The erosion caused by energy drinks, however, were twice as bad. Damaged tooth enamel cannot be fixed.
Should you believe the results of these researches?
Experts in the beverage industry have critisized many of these researches. They claim that the experimental teeth were placed in the drinks for excessive periods which do not truly represent how much time our teeth get exposed to the drink when we take them.
So, should you stop Sports & Energy Drinks because of your teeth?
Let me first let you know that exposure of the teeth to these kind of acids over a long period cause tooth decay. Apart from this, they are also not good for your belly, and oesophagus if you are prone to acid reflux.
What I would advise is to make sure you rinse your mouth with water after taking these drinks. This should help clear away any of the drinks that may have stayed between teeth and stick around gums.
Also, do not was your teeth immediately after taking these drinks. Your teeth are softer after taking these sport or energy drinks, brushing may scrape off your enamel little by little. That is why you would feel some little pain sensation when you do this. You get a feeling that the brush is already touching your dentine.
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Now that you know what energy drinks can do to your teeth, it is left to you to take moderation as your watch word.
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