Punta Gorda Dentist Shares Harmful Effects
It’s been busy and you are tired, but you have things left to accomplish in your day. Most people reach for an energy drink to get through the rest of their day, but this leads to lots of dental issues, along with health concerns. Sure, it will keep you awake, but it’s also quickly eating away at your teeth.
What Energy Drinks do to Teeth
Energy drinks have two things working against them. First, they have high levels of sugar which leads to cavities. Second, the pH levels are as low as 2.9. To put that in perspective, battery acid’s pH level is 0.0, so clearly, the lower the number is, the more acid is involved. Your stomach acid is often between 1.0 and 3.0.
Small fluctuations in these numbers make a big difference. To show the opposite end of the spectrum, water and milk have pH levels of 7.0, which is a humongous jump.
Scientists have found that within five days of steady energy drink consumption, there’s considerable damage to the tooth enamel.
What to Do?
We aren’t telling you that you can never have a sports drink or energy drink, although that would be your best course of action. It’s essential that you understand the risks so you can make the best decisions for your oral health.
If you can’t seem to walk away from your favorite drinks, here are some ways to minimize the damage:
Keep water with you at all times. Every time you drink, follow it with water to dilute the acid on the teeth. This also increases the amount of saliva in the mouth to wash away more acid.
Never brush right after consuming a beverage. During the first thirty minutes, your enamel is softer. If you clean your mouth during this time, all you do is spread the acid around more on the enamel of your teeth. Instead, swish with water and wait about an hour to brush.
If you need more guidance, talk to your Punta Gorda dentist about minimizing the damage.