A recent study in the journal General Dentistry has determined that the regular consumption of energy drinks (e.g., Red Bull) and sports drinks (e.g., Gatorade) may cause irreversible erosion of the tooth enamel and underlying dentin within only five days (!), possibly leading to the formation of cavities and tooth decay. Sports drinks were found to be especially erosive to teeth. It is the citric and phosphoric acids found within these drinks that are the culprits and that promote a lower pH or higher acidity within the mouth. Young adults and kids are the primary consumers of sports and energy drinks. It is recommended that one should immediately rinse out the mouth and/or chew sugar-free gum following the consumption of these beverages so as to reduce the acidity caused by drinking these products. Also, wait at least an hour before brushing the teeth to avoid spreading the acid from the drink all over the teeth.
Unlike athletes, most people don't exercise hard or long enough to necessitate the need for drinking these beverages. The primary purpose for these beverages is to provide much-needed calories and electrolytic replacement during or immediately following intense and long-duration (i.e., more than an hour) exercise. In most cases, plain old water is all that's needed to fully hydrate following physical activity.
Brian Danley, CFT
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