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High Acidity In Energy Drinks Can Permanently Damage Teeth

05/03/12

  11:50:19 am, by MedBen5   , 233 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

High Acidity In Energy Drinks Can Permanently Damage Teeth

The high acidity levels in sports and energy drinks can erode tooth enamel, according to a recent study published in the journal General Dentistry. Teenagers, many of who consume such drinks on a daily basis, are in particular danger of doing irreversible damage to their teeth, researchers say.

“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,” says Poonam Jain, BDS, MS, MPH, lead author of the study. “Most of these patients are shocked to learn that these drinks are essentially bathing their teeth with acid.”

Medical News Today reports that researchers tested the acidity levels of 13 sports drinks and nine energy drinks by immersing samples of human tooth enamel in each beverage for 15 minutes, followed by immersion in artificial saliva for two hours.

After the five days of testing, the researchers found evidence of enamel erosion. Both types of drinks did damage, but energy drinks appear to cause twice as much damage to teeth as sports drinks.

Jennifer Bone, DDS, MAGD, a spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry, recommends that sports and energy drinks be consumed in moderation. Also, users should chew sugar-free gum or rinse the mouth with water following consumption of the drinks. “Both tactics increase saliva flow, which naturally helps to return the acidity levels in the mouth to normal,” she says.

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