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Energy Drinks and Your Teeth

Energy drinks are often the centre of controversy when it comes to your health and wellbeing. Some people avoid them altogether, and some people claim they can’t function without them. But what about your dental health?

Everyone knows that the sugar in energy drinks isn’t great for you or your teeth, but one small can now and then can’t hurt, right?

Acidity

Sugar isn’t the only thing energy drinks contain that’s harmful to your smile. The acidity in most of them is pretty dangerous too. A study has shown that energy drinks usually contain up to two times more acidity than sports drinks.

Your saliva is usually around 6.8-7 PH. That’s normal, and it’s how our saliva help to do all the good stuff it does, like break down bacteria and enzymes. However, when you have even a small amount of an energy drink, that PH drops significantly. 

Experts have claimed that even one sip on an energy drink can lower your saliva’s PH to around 2. That’s not good. 

But, most people don’t stop at one sip. They’ll drink the whole can or glass. It might sound dramatic, but when you’re drinking an energy drink., you’re essentially bathing your teeth in acid for however long it takes you to drink it.

If you imagine how long it takes to drink a can of energy drink – let’s say around 30 minutes – you are eroding the surface of your teeth called the enamel. Enamel protects your teeth from things like sensitivity, and when it’s eroded, there’s no reversing it. Enamel does not grow back.

So, do yourself a favour and put down that can of energy drink.

Getting Wired

Acidity isn’t the only problem either. When you feel wired after drinking an energy drink, you probably grind your teeth for a while. Dentists all over the UK have started claiming that they can see the damage done by people grinding their teeth.

Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is a super unhealthy habit and can result in loss of enamel, broken or chipped teeth and general wear and tear. Grinding your teeth can lead to costly rescue treatments for your teeth. 

So, do yourself a favour and put down that can of energy drink.

Finding Help

There are many alternatives to energy drinks, but we’re not going to patronise you by telling you to drink water forever. Many people genuinely claim to depend on energy drinks and so will find it extra hard to wean themselves off. 

The truth is, the only way to banish energy drinks from your life is to find an alternative that you like, and that is way healthier for you. It sounds simple, but your dentist can help you.

If you’re suffering from the after effects of drinking energy drinks, it’s not too late to get your smile back on track with treatment from our friendly team here at Woodborough House. 

Call us today to find out how we can help you overcome your struggles and give you the smile of your dreams.