June 1, 2012
By: Dr. Luciana Ravazzi
Recently the Academy of General Dentistry released a study concerning the consumption of energy and sports drinks and the effect on tooth enamel.
The main targets for these drinks are young adults and sports practitioners who consume these drinks in order to improve their sports performance and energy levels. It is estimated that 30 to 50 percent of U.S. teenagers consume energy drinks and as many as 62 percent consume at least one sports drink per day.
As dental professionals we instruct our patients to minimize the consumption of sports and energy drinks and to rinse their mouth thoroughly with water after its consumption. Brushing and flossing after every meal (3 times a day) will also significantly help in keeping the acidity levels of your mouth normal and increase saliva flow.
Damage to tooth enamel is irreversible. Enamel being the outermost layer in teeth is being eroded with the high acidity levels in these drinks. Without the enamel protection, teeth become sensitive and the likelihood to cause decay and develop cavities increases significantly. Factors like dental hygiene (how often patients brush and floss), lifestyle and genetics can also influence tooth erosion.
In order to maintain a good oral hygiene routine and avoid the erosion of teeth due to the consumption of these energy drinks you can use the Dr Sharp natural oral care line of products. It includes Green tea toothpaste with properties to decrease tooth and gum sensitivity. The Natural Fluoride-Free toothpaste uses a fluoride and detergent-free formula that contains no synthetic colors, flavors, or alcohol. Aromatic mint oil, sage leaf extract, and carrageenan combine to help fight bacteria, protect sensitive teeth and gums, and maintain tooth enamel.
If you would like to have a consultation with Dr. Sharp and/or Dr. Ravazzi call (305) 857-0990 for an appointment or visit our website www.sharpdentistry.com