Are Energy Drinks Bad for Your Dental Health?

Energy Drinks & Dental HealthWe live in a busy society. Sometimes, to keep up, some of us need a cup of morning joe; others opt for a Red Bull or a 5-Hour Energy shot instead. Speaking of these energy boosters, is there a correlation between energy drinks and dental health? Here’s our family dentists’ take on the matter.

How Energy Drinks Affect Your Dental Health

Of course, not all energy drinks are created equal, so you have to look at the ingredients. However, the typical energy drink, such as Monster and the aforementioned Red Bull, contain just as much sugar as a can of soda. Aside from caffeine, the sugar also helps deliver a sudden jolt and energy boost. Sugar, as you likely already know, is a teeth destroyer.

In addition, most brands also contain citric acid. While this ingredient extends product shelf life, it is also— as suggested in its name — acidic; so it can erode teeth enamel.

On top of that, our cosmetic dentists also emphasize that — like soda — some energy drinks contain artificial coloring. This can cause teeth discoloration over time.

There are, however, sugar-free varieties that use alternative sweeteners. Energy shots that come in miniature 2-ounce bottles are also typically sugar-free. From a dental standpoint, these are healthier options.

Bear in mind, though, that we said “from a dental standpoint.” That means while they’re safer for your teeth, they may still have other health implications. As with coffee, energy drinks and shots should be consumed sparingly.

Your Next Checkup

Remember to call Kenmore Dental for your next dental appointment. As far as energy drinks are concerned, we are in no way discouraging you from consuming them. Our dentists work long hours and chug down a Red Bull themselves every now and then. Just keep in mind that long-term consumption of energy drinks may affect dental health, especially if it’s the sugar-laden variety.
Edited by Justin Vorhees

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