A new study published in General Dentistry, found that drastic consumption of sports and energy drinks, particularly among teens is causing irreversible damage to their teeth, particularly the enamel layer.
The research included 13 known energy and sports drink wherein the acidity levels varied between the flavors and brands of beverages. To test its effect on human teeth, researchers made a simulation. They have immersed a number of human teeth in each beverage for 15 minutes, which was followed by immersion in artificial saliva. The cycle was repeated for five days.
The study revealed that using these drinks significantly damaged the enamel of the teeth within just five days exposure, wherein energy drinks had caused twice greater damage than the sports drinks did.
"Teens regularly come into my office with these types of symptoms, but they don't know why," said dentist Jennifer Bone.
"They don't realize that something as seemingly harmless as a sports or energy drink can do a lot of damage to their teeth." Bone added.
Approximately 50 percent of the U.S. teens are consuming energy drinks, and 62 percent who consume sports drinks per day. We must understand the risks and benefits of using these drinks. A tooth with little or no enamel can be easily damaged which can become sensitive, prone to cavities and lead to tooth decay.