Energy drinks are now becoming one of the main causes to irreversible damage to the teeth, especially to ‘Energy Drinks’ main target audience of young adults and adolescents. Not only do these drinks harm the health of teeth but they are also extremely addictive due to the high caffeine content and sugar.
A report from General Dentistry – May/June 2012 issue stated
“Young adults consume these drinks assuming that they will improve their sports performance and energy levels and that they are ‘better’ for them than soda … Most of these patients are shocked to learn that these drinks are essentially bathing their teeth with acid.”
Energy drinks tend to promote the growth of bacteria and create an acid like environment for the teeth which can lead to more serious complications as time goes on. Energy drinks are more disastrous on teeth than regular soft drinks so their affects happen a lot more faster even after the person has finished consuming their energy drink.
To minimise the effects that energy drinks have on teeth it is best to chew on a dental approved sugar free gum, this will bring the PH levels down in the saliva and bring out any remnants of energy drink from hard to reach places out into the tongue to be digested, instead eating away at the tooth enamel.