Non-cola drinks, such as energy or sport’s drinks, may be beneficial for your physical health and stamina, however, they can do the opposite for your oral health. Researchers have studied their effect on oral health and it showed that the most aggressive dissolution effect on teeth enamel were energy or sport’s drinks, especially lemonade.
Researchers studied the effects over a 13-year-period, using a variety of non-cola and cola drinks, sport’s drinks, bottled iced tea, commercial lemonade, and black tea for 14 days. They soaked human tooth enamel in the drinks and discovered a shocking fact. The enamel damage caused by non-cola and sport beverages were up to 11 times greater than cola-based beverages. In fact, energy drinks were the worst offenders, with commercial lemonade included.
It’s probably no surprise that Increased sugar intake has the most risk associated with decay. Soft drinks contain phosphoric acid and citric acid, a 2-1 punch, which dissolves tooth enamel, resulting in loss of hard tissues from tooth surfaces and erosion. The ADA (American Dental Association) states that acid in food and drink are a major cause of enamel erosion. Dentists see many teen and adults consuming record amounts of sugar, in the forms of sodas, and fruit drinks – which is healthy for the body.
To maintain a healthy body and oral health, the dentist may suggest eating a balanced diet and drinking plain water and milk; however, if you want more variety in your diet, cola drinks are better for your teeth than sport’s drinks. If you do consume these types of drinks, drinking through a straw is healthier, and reduces direct contact with the teeth. Swishing with water after drinking sugar-laden colas can help get the sugar off the teeth.
For more information about sugar and acid and other oral hazards in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, contact Brenner Dental of Park Slope for an appointment with Dr. Leonard Brenner. You can reach us at 718-638-6607.