Energy drinks. You love the taste, and you can’t beat the burst of energy you get, right? You’re not alone. Next to multivitamins, energy drinks are the most popular dietary supplement consumed by American teenagers and young adults. In fact, almost one-third of teenagers consume them regularly. But you may not realize that you put your teeth at risk every time you have an energy drink.
Scientific research has found that energy drinks contribute to tooth erosion. But what does that really mean? How does it affect your teeth’s health, function, and appearance? Well, check out this helpful information from your dentist in Pasadena.
What is tooth enamel?
Your teeth do not consist of a rock-solid substance but 3 main layers:
The outside layer, or enamel, is a thin shell that protects the rest of the tooth and gives it its white color. Just inside the enamel is the dentin layer, which is yellow and has tubules that connect to the pulp, or tooth’s center where the nerves are located. On the frontlines of defense, your enamel plays a crucial part in your oral health and appearance.
What is tooth erosion?
Although hard, the enamel is not indestructible. Everyone has bacteria in their mouth, which feed on food particles and create acids that break down the structure of your teeth’s protective layer. This is the main cause of dental erosion in Pasadena. When your enamel weakens, the dentin becomes exposed, causing your teeth to appear yellow, to become sensitive to hot or cold substances, and become more susceptible to tooth decay.
How does the sugar in energy drinks affect my teeth?
The harmful bacteria in plaque that live in your mouth thrive on sugar. They use that fuel to produce acids that break down your teeth’s enamel, causing tooth decay or cavities. The more sugar you consume, the more acids that surround your teeth.
In a single 16-ounce container, an energy drink can have 54–62 grams of added sugar, which exceeds the maximum amount of added sugars recommended for an entire day. Consuming energy drinks on a regular basis exposes your teeth to constant and aggressive attack.
What can I do to prevent tooth erosion?
If you simply cannot part with energy drinks in your diet completely, try limiting their consumption as much as possible. When you do drink them, use a straw to bypass your teeth and rinse your mouth with water after drinking sugary beverages.
When you weigh the risks, it is worth the effort to limit energy drink consumption. Your enamel protects your teeth, and you need to protect your enamel so that you can chew, speak, and smile with your healthy, natural teeth for many years to come. For more information about cavities and tooth erosion, schedule an appointment with your dentist in Pasadena.
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