Have you noticed how energy drinks have taken over for soft-drinks? Energy drinks are now offered in restaurants, take up major space in the convenience store fridge, and have their own aisle in the grocery store. While dentists everywhere cheer to see that sugary soda drinking is becoming less and less popular, we’re sad to find that sodas are only being replaced by these energy drinks that are even more sugary—along with other harmful ingredients.
What are the most harmful ingredients?
Sugar: As mentioned, sugar is the enemy of your teeth. Sugar feeds bacteria in your mouth and increases the amount of it in your mouth, surrounding your teeth. The bacteria is what causes decay. Energy drinks can contain two to three times as much sugar as a common cola.
Acid: Acids strip away the protective coating of enamel on your teeth. Although enamel is the strongest substance in your body, it can erode when acid is constantly attacking, allowing the bacteria into the soft, inner dentin.
Caffeine: Caffeine is a stimulant, and too much caffeine in your system makes you clench your teeth. Teeth grinding and clenching can cause serious wear on your teeth surfaces, and even produce tiny cracks and damage where decay can find a foothold. Some people do this clenching and grinding at night and aren’t even aware that they do it.
Our best advice to you, cut out the energy drinks. Live healthy and naturally. The absolute best drink in the world is a cool glass of pure water. Zero sugar, calories, or caffeine.
If you’d like more education about how diet affects your dental health, call Dr. Laura Olsen Taylor and our helpful team at Olsen Taylor General Dentistry. Phone: 704-662-9111, or come by our office in Mooresville, North Carolina.