Dr. Carolyn Chambers Clark, Award-Winning Author and Wellness Nurse Practitioner

Energy Drinks, Sodas, Tooth Erosion and Wellness

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Are Energy Drinks Eroding Your Teeth?

Numerous research reports include warnings that the pH (potential of hydrogen) levels in beverages such as soda could lead to tooth erosion, the breakdown of tooth structure caused by the effect of acid on the teeth that leads to decay. The studies revealed that, whether diet or regular, ice tea or root beer, the acidity level in popular beverages that consumers drink every day contributes to the erosion of enamel.

Another factor that can cause tooth erosion is a beverage's "buffering capacity," or the ability to neutralize acid. That can play a significant role in tooth erosion.

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.

This is especially bad news for adolescents and young adults. Their permanent teeth are more susceptible to attack from the acids found in soft drinks, due to the porous quality of their immature tooth enamel. As a result, there is high potential for erosion among this age demographic to increase.

What can be done to improve health and wellness? Drink responsibly for your oral health:

  • Use a straw positioned at the back of the mouth so that the liquid avoids the teeth
  • Rinse the mouth with water after drinking acidic beverages
  • Limit the intake of sodas, sports drinks and energy drinks

Even better, stop drinking these drinks. Water, especially if it's distilled or run through a reverse osmosis filter, is healthier. Add a couple of frozen berries for flavor and powerful antioxidants.

Who even knows where the water in these energy drinks, sodas and ice teas come from?

After a recent study showed that drinking water in some major cities contained many prescription drugs, it may be wise to start using safer drinking water to enhance wellness.

Sources:

Academy of General Dentistry (2008, March 16). Popular Energy Drinks Cause Tooth Erosion, Study Shows. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 23, 2008, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2008/03/080312125606.htm

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