They’re invigorating and delicious, readily available, and relatively inexpensive. They help us power through lengthy days or intense workouts, and their presence is ubiquitous.
Resisting the allure of energy or sports drinks can be challenging. Dr. Sindledecker and Dr. Saltz, along with our team, want to ensure you’re aware of the impact these beverages can have on your smile and overall oral health, so you can make informed choices.
While there’s a widespread belief that sports and energy drinks are healthier alternatives to sodas, none of them are particularly beneficial for you. However, due to their elevated acidity levels, sports and energy drinks accelerate enamel erosion, potentially leading to cavities over time. Notably, research indicates that energy drinks may pose a higher risk compared to sports drinks.
In a study published in General Dentistry, energy drinks such as 5-hour Energy, Monster, Rockstar, and Red Bull Sugar-free exhibited the highest acidity levels, nearly doubling those of sports drinks. Powerade, Gatorade, and Propel ranked second in acidity among sports drinks.
You might be thinking, “What’s the harm? Many other beverages harm teeth too.” True, even seemingly healthy options like orange juice and fruit juices, rich in vitamins, contain acid that can erode tooth enamel. The key is moderation.
While we encourage choosing natural beverages like orange juice over energy drinks, if you find it challenging to break the habit, consider the following tips:
- Set a weekly limit for these beverages and adhere to it.
- Rinse your mouth with water after consuming an energy or sports drink.
- Brush your teeth an hour after drinking to allow your mouth to return to its normal pH level.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us at our Boca Raton office. You can also send us a message on Facebook or discuss it during your next visit.