30 – 50% of adolescents and young adults con sure energy drinks and 51 – 62% drink at least one sport drink a day. Both are highly acidic and tend to attack and deplete tooth enamel. So what, other than not drinking them at all, can one do to help diminish the effect of these acidic drinks on our teeth?
Well, how about a few sensible precautions?
First, if you’re going to drink one, wait till mealtime if possible. Your saliva needs about 30 to 60 minutes to neutralize the acid in your mouth. Saliva is much more abundant during meals than in between. Letting your saliva work during a meal helps lessen the effect of a sport or energy drink.
Secondly, since the pH of water is neutral, its a good idea to rinse your mouth with water after drinking one of those drinks. Simply swish it around lie you would a mouthwash to help reduce the acid left by the drink.
Finally, wait about an hour to brush you teeth. The reason you need to wait is the acid in the drinks can soften (demineralize) the enamel. Brushing too soon could lead to a loss of that enamel.
These tips also apply to soft drinks and juices (or any other acidic drinks). Taking these precautions will help you lessen any harm acidic drinks might do to your teeth.
If you have any questions about this, give us a call. We’ll be happy to discuss it with you.