Many of the popular energy drinks are loaded with a lot of citric acid. In addition, they can be laden with preservatives (not to mention sugar), not only to enhance the flavor, but to extend the shelf life of the product. While enamel loss, tooth decay, teeth sensitivity, and cavities cannot be fully blamed on energy drinks (improper oral hygiene at home and a lack of professional dental care also play a role), they can wreak havoc on the health of your teeth and gums, especially when consumed in more than moderation. Over time, energy drinks can strip enamel, which is the outer layer that protects your teeth!
Follow these tips to help minimize the detrimental dental side effects associated with energy drinks:
- 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 to both neutralize the acid and 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 is to refrain from drinking energy drinks altogether. One of the best hydrators is water. Water is a natural energy-booster and hydrator, and it doesn't contain calories.