A study conducted in the United States, at the University of Southern Illinois, has found that energy drinks contain acid compounds that irreversibly deteriorate the enamel of the denture, which can cause an annoying hypersensitivity to very cold foods or beverages or hot, to oral conditions such as cavities, or even the loss of teeth.
The consumption of this type of drinks is very widespread among young people and adolescents, and although in principle they were used to replace salts and minerals after practicing some sport, over time it has become fashionable to ingest them to combat fatigue due to lack of rest (for example when it is necessary to get up early and has been outdated), and also to be more alert and focused when preparing an exam.
The researchers explain that the sugar contained in these beverages is transformed into acidic substances that damage the denture when it comes into contact with the bacteria present in the oral cavity.
To check the harmful effects of these sodas on the denture, the researchers selected nine different energy drinks and 13 soft drinks for athletes, and immersed them in several dental pieces for 15 minutes, and then bathed them in a solution of artificial saliva, repeating this process four times every day for a week.
The researchers verified that the enamel of the teeth that had been in contact with the energy drinks deteriorated significantly-twice what happened with the pieces that were only immersed in the soft drinks for sportsmen-, and explain that the sugar contained in these Liquids are transformed into acid substances that damage the denture when it comes in contact with the bacteria present in the oral cavity.
From the association of manufacturers of beverages of the United States, the 'American Beverage Association', they complain about the methods followed to carry out the study because they affirm that nobody keeps in the mouth 15 minutes in a row a drink, and much less does it four times day and for a full week. In addition, they add that there are many other factors that determine the appearance of tooth decay and enamel deterioration such as inadequate oral hygiene, or genetic propensity.
However, data from the General Council of Dentists of the USA, estimate that between 30% and 50% of its adolescent population habitually consumes energy drinks, and the spokesperson of this entity, Jennifer Bone, has advised to limit the intake of these sodas and rinse your mouth with water after drinking them and, if that is not possible, chew gum without sugar. He also warned that it is better not to brush your teeth until at least one hour has elapsed since the brushing can favor the action of the acids and extend it throughout the teeth.