A recent report published in the journal of General Dentistry by Dr. Poonam Jain describes the potentially harmful effects of sports energy drinks on your teeth. The main finding shows alarming levels of acidity in the drinks and warns athletes to protect their teeth from these drinks. Many young adults and children assume these drinks are healthier than soda, but research is unveiling the effects of acidity on the teeth.
The researchers tested 13 different sports energy drinks and found varying levels of acidity in each drink. Research was conducted by imersing samples of tooth enamel (the hard outer protective layer of your teeth) in each sports drink for 15 minutes and then placed the teeth in artificial saliva for two hours. They repeated the process four times per day for 5 days to simulate the effects of drinking 4 energy drinks per day. At the end of 5 days, the damage to the tooth enamel was already clearly evident.
The best alternative to sports energy drinks? Water. A second-best choice is to select a drink that has no sugar, caffeine or artificial ingredients. Natural juices can be used to flavor your sports water and coconut water also has great re-hydrating properties, but in order to avoid costly energy drinks and dental bills, the best bet might be to stick to plain water.