We’ve all been there. It’s been a busy week and after three late nights in a row, your body is starting to feel it. You’re tired. In the afternoon, your eyes start to droop and focusing on your workload is nearly impossible, but you’re still at the office leaving no chance for a nap. Yeah, you’ve got that 2:30 pm feeling with what seems like a whole day of work ahead of you. It’d be so easy to just drag your feet down the hall to the vending machine and recharge yourself with a cold energy drink. Before you ever purchase another can of liquid energy, your dentist in Richardson, TX wants you to consider what it’s doing to your teeth. You may not realize that that small energy boost is secretly eating away at your healthy teeth and gums with each sip.
Understanding Acidic Substances
We’re going to get a little scientific here. The acidic and base scale can be a little hard to understand, but simply it’s measured from acidic substances (0.0) to basic, milky substances (10.0). To put things in perspective, battery acid has a pH level of 0.0. Stomach acid has a level between 1.0 and 3.0. Grapefruits land at a 3.0. The important distinction is that with each increase, the acidity jumps dramatically—10-fold to be exact. So, stomach acid has the potential to be 100 times more acidic than a grapefruit. The difference between the numbers is huge!
Energy Drinks Cost You Much More Than $2.50
Let’s take a look at the pH levels of the most popular energy drinks.
- Full Throttle—1.45
- Rock Star—1.5
- AMP Energy—2.7
- Red Bull—3.3
In a study conducted by Southern Illinois University, the results showed that the effects of these drinks on our teeth caused considerable damage to tooth enamel after only 5 days of consumption! 22 popular sports and energy drinks were exposed to enamel for 15 minutes at a time, 4 times a day (this schedule was chosen because it actually mimics the amounts of acidic foods and drinks busy Americans indulge in every few hours on the go). After each exposure to the drinks, the enamel was taken and studied in an artificial saliva solution. After just 5 days—one work week—the enamel showed a 1.5% loss with sports drinks and 3% loss with energy drinks!
Protect Your Teeth
Some patients are critical of these statistics because they seem excessive, but when you consider a person’s full-time work schedule, Americans are constantly moving. There’s not a lot of time to prepare healthy snacks and drinks—or even think about how these processed, acidic foods are affecting their health. Your family dentist in Richardson, TX doesn’t want you to have to give up your busy lifestyle just to stay healthy. Breckinridge Dental and Orthodontics just wants you to have the right information to make more conscious decisions. Here are some helpful facts and tips to keep your teeth in good shape.
- Water has a pH level of 7.0—much healthier for your teeth!
- Water helps keep your mouth hydrated.
- Water naturally helps produce saliva, your body’s natural mouthwash.
- If you do indulge in an energy drink, wash your mouth out with water afterward.
- Don’t brush your teeth immediately after an acidic drink (your enamel is weak for about a half an hour).
- Visit Christine and Nathan Coughlin for regular checkups and professional cleanings.
By following these simple tips, you could be saving your teeth major damage and dental problems in the future. It’s important to visit our dentists for regular dental checkups and cleanings to keep your smile healthy and strong. Call us today to schedule your next appointment.