If you aren’t a huge fan of coffee, you are on the search for your daily energy fix to get you through the day. And the latest alternative craze has been energy drinks. Yes, those carbonated energy bombs give you more pep in your step, but they are also eating your teeth, literally.
We all know sugar will rot your teeth, but recently focus has changed to the acidity in energy drinks. In a recent study, researchers found that teeth lost enamel with exposure to several kinds of drinks, but energy drinks took off a lot more enamel than other drinks. Another study found that energy drinks contain so much acid that they start destroying teeth after only five days of consistent use.
Because you are essentially bathing their teeth with acid, energy drinks caused twice as much damage to teeth as sports drinks. After drinking these energy drinks, the acid is literally sitting on your teeth. But you can’t brush after drinking them to help protect your teeth because at this time the enamel on your teeth is soft and prone to damage. Brushing would be a bad idea. Damage caused to tooth enamel is irreversible, and without the protection of enamel, teeth become overly sensitive, prone to cavities, and more likely to decay.
A far better approach would be working to improve sleep quality and quantity. When these drinks combine a load of acid and sugar, they are detrimental to waistline and smile alike.