Irrevocable Damages Caused to Teeth By Sports and Energy Drinks
A study was recently published in the issue of General Dentistry May/June 2012. It was found in the study that an amazing increase in the consumption of energy and sports drinks, especially among teenagers, is resulting in irrevocable damage to teeth particularly, the increasing acidity levels in these drinks deteriorate enamel, the outer layer of the tooth, which is glossy.
Researchers analyzed the levels of acidity in nine energy drinks and thirteen sports drinks. They discovered that levels of acidity can differ between different brands and flavors of the brand. To examine the effect of levels, the researchers submerged samples of human tooth enamel in every beverage for fifteen minutes, followed by submerging in artificial saliva for couple of hours. This method was repeated four times in a day continuously for five day, and the samples were kept in fresh artificial saliva at other different times.
According to Dr. Jain, this kind of examination imitates the same exposure that a huge portion of American teenagers are putting their teeth on a daily basis when they drink one of these drinks every now and then.
The researchers discovered that harm to enamel was proof after only five days of exposure to energy or sports drinks, though energy drinks displayed a major greater potential to injure teeth compared to sports drinks. The authors discovered that energy drinks caused more damage to teeth when compared with sports drinks in fact.
Doctors suggest their patients to reduce their consumption of such sports and energy drinks. They also suggest them to chew sugar-fee gum or rinse their mouth with water after consumption of those drinks. Both techniques increase flow of saliva, which helps to return the acidity levels back in the mouth to normal level.
Patients should wait for an hour at least before brushing their teeth after consumption of such drinks, otherwise, they will spread the acid onto the surface of the tooth and increase the action of erosion.