Friday, August 22, 2014

Energy Drinks: The Dental Connection!

Energy drinks have been on the rise, taking up more and more space on grocery store shelves.  Drinks such as Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy, Monster Assault, Rockstar, and the 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 can do a pretty good job of stripping your teeth of enamel!

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.

If your have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

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