It is Monday morning, you’re at work and you are exhausted by the time 10am rolls around. What do you do?
Like a lot of people, you probably reach for a caffeinated beverage of some sort, whether it be a cold brew coffee, latte, or an energy drink.
Millions of Americans consume highly acidic energy drinks even though the medical community continues to raise health-related concerns.
But what a lot of consumers don’t know is that most energy drinks are bad for your teeth.
Why are energy drinks bad for your teeth?
In addition to the various forms of sugar, a lot of energy drinks contain citric acid. Over time, citric acid and a highly acidic environment strip the layers of enamel from the teeth, increasing the risk of cavities.
Additionally, acid promotes bacterial growth in the mouth. And when you have lots of bacteria, you’re more likely to get gum disease or other dental issues.
As if gum disease and cavities aren’t bad enough, many energy drink consumers end up grinding their teeth since they’re so wired and hyped up on caffeine. Teeth grinding (known as bruxism) wears away the teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss or tooth breakage.
So this begs the question…
Why is citric acid used in energy drinks and other beverages? Because it extends shelf life and enhances flavor.
Pair the added sugar and citric acid with poor oral care habits (or not even brushing your teeth at all), and you’ll probably end up with rotten teeth.
The bottom line, if you’re going to consume an energy drink, brush your teeth soon thereafter. If you can’t brush right away, the least you can do is rinse your mouth with water (and then brush as soon as possible).