Humans, animals, and many fishes, have tooth enamel which is made up of minerals. The visible part of teeth, the tooth enamel, is so hard in fact, that it is the hardest substance and contains most of the minerals of the body.
Sports and energy drinks are two different popular beverages amongst teenagers and sports people. Though different, they have one thing in common, they can both wreak havoc on your tooth enamel.
Energy drinks are especially harmful to tooth enamel because of the type of acid they contain is more concentrated. Your tooth enamel is irreplaceable. Once it is gone, it’s gone forever. Without enamel on your teeth, eating and drinking would be a nightmare. You may have to remove all your teeth and get caps, or wear dentures for the rest of your life.
Acid present in these energy drinks destroys tooth enamel. The high amounts of sugar and citric acids in energy drinks can destroy your teeth at a fast pace. No enamel is going to stand up against that for very long. Prolonged exposure to it causes the minerals in enamel to soften and erode, a process called de-mineralization.
Acidity in a substance can be measured through the levels of pH (potential for hydrogen). The more acidic a liquid, the lower its pH. Water and Milk have a ph of 7.0. Tomato juice has a pH of 4.0. A lemon has a pH of 2.0. Stomach acid has generally a pH 1.0. Battery acid has a pH of 0.0. Most of the energy drinks range in pH from 1.5 to 3.3. For instance Red Bull has a pH of 3.3. Monster energy has a pH of 2.7. These energy drinks are as corrosive as stomach acid and battery acid. Demineralization becomes even more prominent when the pH level of the mouth falls below 4.0 into the acidic range.
Energy drinks are dreadful for your teeth and contain high levels of sugar and acid. Always drink plenty of water to dilute the acid and don’t brush your teeth straight after drinking, because it can spread the acid around your mouth. The best solution is to refrain from energy drinks all together.
If you crave for an energy drink, it is advised to rinse your mouth out with water or chew gum. To avoid the acid to spread on teeth surfaces causing erosion, wait for an hour to brush your teeth after drinking sports and energy drinks.