Energy Drinks and the Health of Your Teeth

Energy Drinks and the Health of Your TeethEnergy drinks are an extremely popular choice for many teens and young adults today. These highly caffeinated, sugary beverages may give people the boost of energy they need to get through their school- or work-day, but the long-term health ramifications associated with these drinks can be profound.

Regardless of how well you care for your teeth, they are at risk if you regularly consume energy drinks. That's because energy drinks are composed of fruit juices, sugar, chemicals, and acids that quickly begin to erode the enamel on your teeth. Dental enamel is the hardest substance in your body, but because it is not a living substance, your body cannot repair it. Once it has been eroded, it cannot be restored.

According to a study published in General Dentistry, any drink with a pH level below 4.0 was acidic enough to completely dissolve teeth. Every energy drink tested in the study had a pH level of 3.3 or below, including caffeine-free drinks.

You can take steps to protect your teeth from erosion due to energy drink consumption by limiting your consumption of such drinks as well as your use of soft drinks, juices, and other acidic beverages. When you do enjoy these drinks, use a straw to reduce contact with your teeth, and rinse your mouth well with water afterwards.

If you have discoloration or sensitivity, which can be signs of enamel erosion, our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist can help you restore your smile and regain your oral health. Our Los Angeles dentist may use inlays, onlays, and dental crowns to correct structural issues, while porcelain veneers can be used to improve cosmetic flaws.

Other cosmetic dentistry treatments are also offered by our dentist, making it easier for the patients to have a healthy and beautiful smile. Among these treatments are Lumineers, Invisalign aligners, Zoom teeth whitening, and dental implants.

Source: Dentist in Los Angeles

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