Most people worry about the amount of sugar and caffeine they’re drinking when they open a bottle of their favorite sports or energy drink. A new study may give them more reason to switch to water. Researchers are finding that the high acidity levels in these drinks are eroding tooth enamel, particulary among adolescents.
“Young adults consume these drinks assuming that they will improve their sports performance and energy levels and that they are ‘better’ for them than soda,” said lead author Poonam Jain, in a news release from the Academy of General Dentistry. “Most of these patients are shocked to learn that these drinks are essentially bathing their teeth with acid.”
Damage to tooth enamel is irreversible. Without its protection, teeth are sensitive, prone to cavities and more likely to decay.
To reduce exposure, health officials recommend limiting sports and energy drinks and rinsing the mouth with water after drinking them.