Impact of Sports & Energy Beverages on Healthy Teeth
November 21, 2012

Energy and Sports Drinks Damage Teeth Study Claims

In the May/June issue of the journal General Dentistry the authors of a new study claim that sports and energy drinks are causing irreversible damage to the teeth of teens and young adults in the United States, According to the researchers, the high acidity levels in those beverages erode tooth enamel, the glossy outer layer of teeth.

Thirteen sports drinks and nine energy drinks  were analyzed in the study, with acidity levels varying widely between brands and even flavors of the same brand. The effect on teeth of these acidity levels was assessed by immersing samples of human tooth enamel in each beverage for 15 minutes, followed by immersion in artificial saliva for two hours, with the cycle repeated repeated four times a day for five days.

Irreversible damage to the tooth enamel was evident after five days, the researchers reported, and energy drinks caused twice as much damage as sports drinks. The American Beverage Association (ABA) took issue with the study because it was not conducted on humans and the laboratory environment may not accurately recreate factors such as human saliva which could counteract some of the effect of the acidity.

You can read more on this study here.

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