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Energy drinks and your oral health


Energy and sports drinks may not be any healthier than sodas when it comes to dental health, according to dental experts. While many people believe they're making a positive choice by switching from sodas to these beverages, they may be surprised to learn that these drinks can be just as harmful. Dental professionals have observed the detrimental effects of energy drinks first-hand, with some even attributing them as the leading cause of tooth decay in adults.


A study conducted by Poonam Jain and her team at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine found that the acidity in energy drinks was twice as high as that in sports drinks. A lower pH means a greater chance of losing tooth enamel. Jain warns that even a small amount of these highly acidic drinks can cause your saliva's pH to drop drastically, leaving your teeth submerged in an acidic environment for up to thirty minutes.


Despite the evidence, the American Beverage Association claims that tooth decay and other dental issues are more complex than simply blaming a single drink. However, dentists have observed the detrimental effects of energy drinks first-hand, with some even attributing energy drinks as the leading cause of tooth decay in adults. The hyperactivity produced by the drinks can cause teeth grinding, which may result in tooth breakage and loss. Dental professionals agree that regular consumption of energy drinks can have serious consequences for dental health.


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