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.