The outer part of the teeth is called tooth enamel. It is the visible part of the teeth, which is off-white and very hard, in fact the hardest substance in the body. Without enamel, you may have to get your teeth removed and get caps or wear dentures. So the loss of enamel is a permanent loss!
Energy drinks such as Red-Bull as well as sports drinks contain large amounts of sugar and acid that can wreak havoc on a healthy set of teeth.
Saliva has a PH of 7 which is considered neutral. These drinks makes your saliva pH go down to 2! It takes a human body approximately 30 minutes to buffer the saliva back to the normal PH. For those 30 minutes, your teeth are actually bathed in an acidic environment. The environment is almost as acidic as battery acid. The acid erodes and destroys the tooth enamel. Some of signs are
Teeth turning yellow
Teeth developing transparent tips.
Teeth developing cracks or dents
Actually without enamel protection, sensitivities occur on the teeth. This creates pain and discomfort when you eat. The roots become inflamed and gums start to bleed. The damaged enamel makes your mouth prone to bacteria and teeth become susceptible to decay and cavities. All this gives rise to serious dental problems.
Often people also grind their teeth after consuming energy drinks, causing tooth breakage and loss. Excessive amount of caffeine in energy drinks also contributes to high blood pressure, heart palpitations, nausea, vomiting and convulsions. A 24 ounce energy drink contains 500mg of caffeine, which is equivalent to five cups of coffee, and hence extremely dangerous especially for young adults.
Water is the best hydrator and is a natural energy booster, which doesn’t contain calories. Although the best advice is to refrain from consuming sports drinks and energy drinks altogether, but if you must drink one occasionally, make sure to minimize the damage by
Drinking through a straw.
Rinsing your mouth with water after its consumption.
Waiting at least 1 hour before brushing your teeth after its consumption because the combination of acid and brushing can damage the enamel even more.
Using sugar free gum immediately after its consumption.
If you have been consuming energy or sport drinks and are concerned about your oral health, may be its time to make an appointment!