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Energy Drinks can cause dental health to worsen, study finds out

We are well aware of the danger posed by the excessive consumption of soft drinks. The ample amount of sugar present can result in complications like obesity and stroke. In fact, one study reported that drinking one soft drink a day can cause a higher risk of stroke middle-aged aged women. But are you aware that energy drinks are equally bad for you and your health?

A lot of people nowadays have become increasingly fond of energy drinks. They are considered alternatives for soft drinks and even coffee at times! Perhaps because it is believed that the drink keeps you up for a long period of time.

If you are not aware of the health complications resulting from consumption of energy drinks then now is the time to alert yourself. After, a UK man posted his photos of rotting teeth, new questions have been raised.

Particularly, dental experts have come in the limelight. They feel that there is strong evidence to suggest that energy drinks can seriously be harmful for the teeth.

Energy Drinks & Dental Health

To find out more about the abovementioned concern, a group of researchers from Southern Illinois University got together. Their findings were documented in the Journal of General Dentistry in the May/June 2012 edition.

What the researchers wanted to investigate was the relation between the consumption of energy drinks and dental health.

For the purpose of the study, the team collected samples of about 13 different energy (sports) drinks that were popular among people. All the samples were carefully examined for the contents that were contained within the drinks. Subsequently, the researchers also wanted to find out how the consumption would affect the tooth enamel.

At the termination of the research, the findings should be a cause of worry a lot of people. It was revealed that on average energy drinks have higher acidity levels than any of their counterparts. What that means is that a lower pH causes significant damage to the tooth enamel.

Although, enamel is known to be the hardest substance of the human body, it can be subjected to foreign attack. The attack potentially resulting from an acidic environment which is created by the energy drinks. As a result, the acid is able to dissolve the covering of the enamel causing damage to the tooth.

The pH was estimated to be around 3.2 for the drinks. That is the same pH a car battery acid would have. So, essentially drinking energy drinks is possibly similar to bathing your teeth in battery acid!

What should the future outlook be like?

The straightforward answer is to reduce the excessive consumption of energy drinks. A lot of medical experts have highlighted concerns where people somehow assume these beverages to be “healthy.” Subsequently, they would try shifting from old convention soft drinks to energy drinks. That is not to say that either of the two are healthy. In fact, energy drinks can possibly inflict more damage then what one might perceive.

The above study should only act as a small eye opener. It is high time, we give a thorough look into this issue and take necessary steps. Needless to say, we should stop the excessive consumption of energy drinks before complications exhibit themselves.

Samuel Mayer

Samuel has been part of Top Health Journal for quite a while now. He has immense interest in medicine and thoroughly enjoys writing about this theme. His philosophy is: write simple and short, always assuming your reader to be a layman who knows nothing about the topic. Twitter- @SamuelM54534849

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