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Applecross Dentist Post: Sports energy drinks are causing incredible damage to teeth!

The dramatic increase in the consumption of sports and energy drinks is causing irreversible damage to teeth

Adolescents are one of the largest consumers of sports and energy drinks, and this is causing them to be more affected by the damage than any other age group. Sports and energy drinks have extremely high acidity levels, which can erode the glossy protective layer of the tooth- the enamel.

Damage to tooth enamel is irreversible, and without this protection your teeth are highly susceptible to damage

Without this protective enamel your teeth can become:

  • Overly sensitive
  • Prone to cavities
  • Highly susceptible to decay

It is a common misconception that energy drinks and sports drinks are healthier than soft drink, as consumers of these products are essentially bathing their teeth in acid. Studies have shown that energy drinks can cause twice as much damage to teeth as sports drinks, which is an alarming figure considering the fact that 30-50% of teenagers consume energy drinks, and 62% consume one sports drink per day.

At our Dental Practice located in Perth, we recommend minimising your intake of sports and energy drinks for the sake of your oral health

If you do consume these beverages, it is best to chew sugar-free gum or rinse your mouth with water afterwards as these actions increase saliva flow and help the acidity levels in your mouth return to normal.

It is important to wait at least an hour after consuming these drinks before you brush your teeth, as this action could further spread the acid onto these tooth surfaces- further increasing the erosive action.

To find out more about oral health, or to book an appointment at our dental practice located in Perth, please contact us.