Energy drinks are being consumed at an all time record high. There is a virtual explosion on the market and yet the teens and twenty something crowd that buys the most of these drinks seem to know nothing of the damage they are doing to their teeth.
Everyone know sodas are bad for your teeth but energy drinks are so new to the market and there just hasn't been data available about the tooth decay they cause.
Fact is, most of the sports and energy drinks have extremely high sugar and acid content that destroy the enamel on your teeth.
"People don't realize the sugar content is pretty high", says Dr. Nancy Hanratty, a dentist at 1st Advantage Dental Group in Greenfield.
Take a look at some of sugar contents of energy drinks, NOS has 52 grams of sugar per serving. Monster and Red Bull 27 grams. Gatorade and Powerade have around 20 grams of sugar.
Dr. Hanratty says "most of the problems with teenagers is the liquid pools around your teeth, the plague builds up and the bacteria uses the sugar to break down the surfaces of your teeth."
"The other aspect of it, they tend to have an acid base, so it causes erosion", says Dr. Hanratty."The recommendation is to rinse it off of your teeth so it's not staying around the surface." In other words…. Brush Your Teeth after you drink energy drinks or use Energy Booster Herb Pack that does not cause tooth decay but still gives you a natural boost that will keep you going through the day.