Energy Drink Consumption Can Lead to Tooth Erosion

Posted by Admin on March 31, 2008

Energy drinks in the U.S. have been on the rise for more than 10 years, promising consumers a boost to their day. It's estimated that the energy drink market will be $10 billion by 2010. This is good news for beverage companies, but it could have oral health implications for consumers who rely on these drinks, sometimes daily, for that boost. Previous research findings have warned consumers that the pH levels in beverages such as soda could lead to tooth erosion. The studies revealed that, whether diet or regular, iced tea or root beer, the acidity level in popular beverages that consumers drink every day contributes to the erosion of tooth enamel.

According to a recent study that appears in the journal, General Dentistry, the pH level of soft drinks isn't the only factor that can cause dental erosion. A beverage's ability to neutralize acid, plays a significant role in the cause of dental erosion.

The study looked at the acidity level of five popular drinks on the market. The results proved that popular "high energy" and sports drinks had the highest mean buffering capacity, resulting in the strongest potential for erosion of enamel.

The Academy of General Dentistry's spokesperson, Raymond Martin, says "Young people drink a great deal more sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks, and if not treated early and if extensive, can lead to very severe dental issues."

Here are some tips for drinking responsibly: - Use a straw positioned at the back of the mouth so the liquid avoids contact with teeth. - Rinse the mouth out with water after drinking acidic beverages. - Limit the intake of sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks.


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