With the weather heating up, energy and sports drinks are starting to fly off the shelves. But according to a new study, people who drink these beverages are "essentially bathing their teeth with acid."
The study, published in the latest issue of General Dentistry, looked at the acidity of 13 sports drinks and 9 energy drinks. To test the effect these drinks have on teeth, researchers immersed samples of human tooth enamel in each type of beverage for 15 minutes, followed by immersion in artificial saliva for 2 hours -- all done 4 times per day over a 5-day period.
The result? In as few as 5 days after exposure to both types of drinks, the tooth enamel showed signs of serious damage. Interestingly, energy drinks actually caused double the amount of damage to teeth that sports drinks caused.
For teens who consume large quantities of these beverages (thinking they're doing something "good" for their body), this could mean big problems for teeth.
The best solution to quench that summer thirst? Old-fashioned WATER. It's good for your body, and especially kind to teeth!
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
A bit of midweek trivia: The Statue of Liberty's mouth is 3 feet wide...Back in the Dark Ages, the remedy for a toothache was to boil earthworms in oil and use the oil as ear drops...In the Middle Ages, people thought that dogs' teeth boiled in water made a good mouth rinse to combat tooth decay.