WinningSmiles Custom Dentistry & Implant Center
OFFICE HOURS
M-Th 8am-5pm, F 8am-3pm,

The Dangers of Consuming Energy Drinks

December 8, 2013
|
Posted By: Frank Finazzo, DDS
Photo of cans | Dentist in Fontana

There are many stories and studies that take on the deleterious effects of so-called sports drinks or energy drinks. In the last ten years, these products have blossomed on the supermarket shelves. At my office, WinningSmiles in Fontana, I have seen the damaging effects of these products on my patient’s teeth.
Just this week, researchers say MRI scans found that energy drinks put an additional strain on your heart and make them contract more rapidly than normal.

How Energy Drinks Can Impact Your Health

Energy drink manufacturers have long argued the drinks are just as safe as a cup of coffee, but I completely disagree.
Here are just some of the deleterious effects of energy drinks:
• Cardiac arrest
• Headaches and migraines
• Diabetes
• Addiction
• Jitters and Nervousness
• Vomiting
• Insomnia
• Weight Gain
• Rampant Decay
Because I am a dentist, I will focus on the last item.

Rampant Decay

There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t see a teenager or young adult that has a mouthful of cavities. Invariably, the common denominator in this epidemic of decay is sports/ energy drinks. No matter how well a patient’s oral hygiene or home care is, these products outweigh this and destroy the teeth. Sports drinks are very acidic and change the pH of the mouth to a level that destroys enamel. A young person’s permanent teeth are more susceptible to attack from the acids found in drinks, due to the porous quality of their immature tooth enamel. As a result, there is a high potential for acid erosion of the teeth.

Conclusion

My recommendation is to not consume energy drinks at all. However, if one is not able to give them up, the best advice is to minimize their use and rinse with water directly afterward.

Related Blog Posts
September 22, 2022
What Are Signs You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Pulled?

Our teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but sometimes, we must remove a tooth to protect our oral health. We understand nobody is thrilled about the idea of oral surgery, even a straightforward procedure like wisdom tooth removal.

At Winning Smiles, we’re proud to have Dr. Paul Anderson, a compassionate ...

August 22, 2022
What is halitosis, and how is it treated?

We've all been there. When we pack the mints, gum, floss, and our travel toothbrush and toothpaste to ensure our breath is fresh for that occasion when someone may be close enough to us to smell our breath.

And sometimes, we fail the sniff test. But there's a difference between freshening up ...

July 15, 2022
Does Invisalign Work? Pros, Cons, Effectiveness
woman with beautiful smile in fontana, ca

If you're living with crooked or overlapping teeth, it may impact the way you feel about your smile. You might feel less confident about smiling, especially when you meet new people, and you may not be making an accurate first impression.

Maybe you've considered straightening your teeth, but the idea of ...

If you have difficulty using our website, please email us or call us at (909) 822-3003
View the ADA Accessibility Statement
Following ADA and CDA guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, our office is resuming regular hours. To schedule an appointment, please call our office at (909) 822 3003 or click here