Energy Drinks Rotting Teenagers’ Teeth
Energy drinks cause a lot of harm to teeth, and they can do so very quickly. The acidity along with the sugar content of the drinks can cause a lot of damage to enamel. Read on to learn more. Thanks for visiting us at Saddle Rock Pediatric Dentistry of Aurora, CO.
Scientists have warned teenagers that drinking energy drinks on a regular basis is contributing to high rates of tooth decay.
A study, which was published recently in the Academy of General Dentistry, revealed that there has been a significant increase in the consumption of energy drinks among adults and teenagers in the USA and this is taking its toll on oral health, as most are packed with sugar.
Scientists involved in the study warned that drinking sports drinks on a regular basis is causing irreparable damage to peoples’ teeth. The drinks are full of sugar and are very acidic, which causes the protective enamel surfaces of the teeth to become worn.
The study found that it can take as little as 5 days for the harmful effects of energy drinks to become apparent.
Dr Poonam Jain, from Southern Illinois University, said that young people and adults are consuming these drinks thinking that they are providing them with energy, improving their sporting performance and offering a healthier alternative to fizzy drinks. However, the reality is that consumers are effectively washing their teeth with sugary, acidic liquid, which is destroying the enamel and leaving the teeth exposed to decay.
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