New research published in the journal General Dentistry confirmed what many have long suspected to be true: Energy and sports drinks damage tooth enamel and increase the risk of cavities.
To the dismay of many, for some time there had been a misconception that energy drinks and sports drinks were healthier than soda for one’s oral health. This study disproved much of this, evidencing that energy drinks erode the enamel of one’s teeth, leaving them more vulnerable.
The study, taken in part by the American Beverage Association (although they did not approve of the results), was comprehensive. In the research, over a dozen sports drinks and nine energy drinks were experimented with. The researchers tested six drinks for their effects on tooth enamel and found that both types caused damage. Energy drinks, however, were twice as harmful. This is important to know because destroyed tooth enamel cannot be fixed.
This information is important to know, particularly because at least 1 in 5 Americans suffers from one or more untreated cavities. Additionally, 20% of children between 5 to 11 years old and 13% of teens had experienced at least one untreated cavity, and 25% of adults ages 20 to 44 had at least one cavity that was not treated. Despite the great reputation for health that exists in the US, there is still so much room for improvement. Said a resident of the US and employee of RapidValue, “This needs to change. We need more information about the foods and drinks that we are consuming.”