With a reported 30-50% of U.S. teens consuming energy drinks and as many as 62% consuming @ least one sports drink / day. It is important to educate parents and young adults about the downside of these drinks. Damage caused to tooth enamel is irreversible, ans without the protection of enamel, teeth become sensitive & prone to cavities.
Dentist should review the diets & snacking habits of their teen/adolescent patients and then discuss their consumptions of these beverages. They don't realize that something as seemingly harmless as a sport or energy drink can do a lot damage to their teeth.
1) Minimize the intake of sport and energy drinks.
2) Chew sugar-free gum or rinse the mouth with water following consumption of the drinks.
* Both tactics increase saliva flow, which naturally helps to return the acidity levels in the mouth to normal.
**Also, patients should wait @ least an hour to brush their teeth after consuming sports& energy drinks. Otherwise, they will be spreading acid onto the tooth surfaces, increasing the erosive action.