If you’ve been reaching out for energy drinks to get you through your day, you may want to pause to reflect on how harmful they are to your oral health. They’re as bad, if not worse, than sodas and sugary drinks. Here’s a look at energy drinks and their impact on your smile.
Oral Health and Energy Drinks
Energy drinks are usually very high in sugar content, which provides cavity-causing bacteria with an abundant food source. As the bacteria feast, they produce acids that erode the tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay and sensitivity.
That’s not all. All sports and energy drinks, even the sugar-free ones, have low pH levels, meaning they are highly acidic. Exposure to energy drinks weakens the tooth enamel, leaving it prone to erosion, decay, and cavities.
As the tooth enamel wears down, the gums become more susceptible to damage. They may start receding, exposing the tooth roots and causing gum inflammation. Moreover, the high caffeine content can lead to hyperactivity, triggering teeth grinding (bruxism), a condition that causes extensive tooth wear, enamel loss, and TMJ problems.
How Can You Minimize Oral Health Damage from Energy Drinks?
The best way to minimize damage is to avoid drinking energy drinks altogether. However, there are some things you can do to lower your risk of tooth and gum damage.
Start by maintaining excellent oral hygiene practices, including daily brushing and flossing. If you have any highly acidic drinks, don’t brush right away because your toothbrush can erode the softened enamel. It’s best to rinse your mouth with water, wait a few minutes, then brush your teeth.
Avoid sipping on energy drinks for too long. The less exposure your teeth and gums have to the harmful beverage, the better. And most importantly, consume energy drinks and any acidic or sugary beverages in moderation.
One of the most important things you can do for your smile is to visit Dental Care of North Carolina for your routine dental exams and cleanings every six months. Our team will monitor the health of your teeth and gums and treat any problems as they develop. Our goal is to ensure you maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime.
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Visit Dental Care of North Carolina to learn more about the impacts of energy drinks on the health of your teeth and gums. Our dedicated team is proud to offer outstanding preventive services for long-term healthy smiles. Call us and schedule your appointment today!