The dentists of Excellence in Dentistry in Madison, WI are always helping to educate their patients of factors that may influence their teeth and the dental health of their children. As parents we have a responsibility to understand that the products our children are consuming may be causing more harm than good. Sports and energy drinks fit this bill and new research shows that the increase in consumption of these drinks is causing irreversible damage to teeth.
As young adults are drinking sports and energy drinks at increased rates scientists are finding evidence that suggests these drinks are eroding tooth enamel. Enamel is the glossy outer layer of the tooth that protects it from wear and tear and is what helps to keep teeth white. A sports drink is essentially bathing teeth in acid and causing them to become overly sensitive, prone to cavities, and more likely to decay.
The study tested 13 sports and nine energy drinks for acidity levels and stimulated samples of human tooth enamel with exposure to the beverages and their effect on teeth. These tests were meant to provide a side-by-side comparison of what large populations of American teens are subjecting their teeth to when they drink one of these beverages every few hours. Where teens and adults once thought they were simply improving their sports performance and energy levels they are in fact causing damage to their teeth when the beverages are consumed at high levels.
Reports show that 30 to 50 percent of teens are consuming energy drinks and as much as 62 percent are drinking sports drinks every day, giving further evidence of the importance of parents to educate their kids about the risks of tooth erosion.
If you or your child has experienced tooth sensitivity, cavities or decay, sports or energy drink consumption may be the reason. Contact our office today to learn more about how to prevent erosion and how to maintain your teeth for a lifetime.