Are Sports/Energy Drinks Bad For My Smile?

Are Sports/Energy Drinks Bad For My Smile?The consumption of sports and energy drinks is on the rise with adolescents drinking more than other age groups. Most sports and energy drinks have high levels of acidity. When the drinks are consumed on a daily or habitual basis, the acid can lead to changes in the mouth. If you are a person who drinks these kinds of beverages, it is important not to do overdo it. Drinking water after drinking an acidic drink of any kind can help neutralize the effects. It is important to remember to wait at least an hour before brushing your teeth after sipping on something acidic. The team at Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX can give you more tips on how to keep your smile healthy. 

Popularity Among Teens

A study by the Academy of General Dentistry found that 30 to 50 percent of American teens drink energy drinks, and approximately 62 percent have at least one energy drink per day. This high proportion is what leads to a high percentage of American teens facing dental issues (dental issues caused by highly acidic beverages like sports and energy drinks.

High Acidity & Eroding Enamel

Energy and sports drinks are both high in acid, but energy drinks are slightly more dangerous for your smile’s health. The high acidity can do irreversible damage to your teeth. The erosion of the outer layer of your teeth known as enamel can leave your teeth subject to further damage or decay. Brushing your teeth when acid levels are still high in your mouth can further cause enamel erosion. However after drinking something acidic, it is important to remember to drink water or chew sugarless gum in an effort to rinse away the dangerous acidity.

Energy drinks can lead to oral health problems

Acidic energy drinks can create problems for your smile. To schedule your consultation call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Ft. Worth, White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.