Are Energy Drinks Bad For Your Teeth?
Many of our patients at Hendersonville Family Dentistry ask us this question so here is the stop.
Energy drinks have been on the rise, taking up more and more space on he grocery store shelves. Drinks such as Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy, Monster, Assault, Rockstar, and like promise to jump-start your day, give you more energy, and help you feel more alert. But they also do a lot more than that. Turns out, they do a pretty good job of stripping your teeth of enamel, which is a very bad thing.
Many of these energy drinks are loaded with a lot of citric acid. In addition they are laden with preservatives ( not to mention sugar), not only to enhance flavor, but extend shelf life. Over time energy drinks can strip enamel, which is the out layer that protects your teeth.
What Can You Do?
Although our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry and our team aren’t recommending your drink energy drinks at all, if you must drink one occasionally, there are few things you can do to minimize the damage to your teeth.
- Drink through a straw
- Don’t hold the drink in your mouth before swallowing.
- Rinse your mouth with water immediately after drinking this kind of beverage. Water helps both to neutralize the acid and to increase saliva production.
- Chew sugar-free gum immediately, after, to increase saliva production.
- Don’t brush your teeth right after drinking an energy drink. Wait at least an hour instead, because the combination of the acid and brushing will further damage tooth enamel.
The best advice we want to give you is to stop drinking energy drinks all together. One of the best hydrators is water. Water is a natural energy booster and hydrator and best of all it doesn’t contain calories.