Consumption of energy, sports drinks leads to loss of tooth enamel

The ABC News “Medical Unit” blog reports “A new study published in the journal General Dentistry found that energy and sports drinks contain so much acid that they start destroying teeth after only five days of consistent use.”

The CBS News “HealthPop” blog reports that investigators “examined the acidity levels in 13 sports drinks and nine energy drinks to see how the drinks would impact a tooth’s enamel.”

In order “to determine what those acid levels did to teeth, researchers immersed human tooth enamel samples into each beverage for 15 minutes, followed by immersing the samples in artificial saliva for two hours, four times per day over a five-day period.”

The NPR “Shots” blog reports, “The researchers found that teeth lost enamel with exposure to both kinds of drinks, but energy drinks took off a lot more enamel than sports drinks.”

WebMD reports, “The average enamel lost with sports drinks was about 1.5%, while the average loss with energy drinks was more than 3%.”

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