Reasons to Rethink Sugary or Energy Drinks

August 12, 2015
More than a quarter of people drink multiple sugar-sweetened beverages on a daily basis, and a substantial percentage drink a single beverage about once a day. The excess sugar is a major contributor to obesity and other health problems, but some drinks are also high in acidity, and combined with this sugar make these drinks particularly bad for teeth.

Dental enamel is the coating that protects the inner structures (dentin) of the tooth. Although it is the hardest tissue in the human body, it can become worn and eroded. The body remineralizes the enamel daily thanks to the calcium and other minerals in the saliva, but high levels of acidity can prevent the saliva from doing its jobs.

Energy drinks, sodas, and some fruit juices are high in acids, and the sugars they contain feed oral bacteria, which then produce even more acids. Some of the biggest offenders include regular and diet soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit-flavored drinks, and juices. Fans of soda and energy drinks are at higher risk of enamel erosion, sensitivity, tooth decay, decalcification (white spots/brown spots), and infection.

How much sugar are in the drinks your kids are consuming?

  • Water – 0 grams of sugar
  • Soda – 49 grams of sugar
  • Sports Drink – 21 grams of sugar
  • Energy drink 27 grams of sugar

Dr. Randy Feldman, Chief Smile Officer of Feldman Orthodontics, recommends healthier beverage choices instead. These can include:

  • Tap water, which contains enamel-strengthening fluoride (especially in Hillsborough County).
  • Bottled water
  • Milk, which has calcium and vitamin D to help your body better absorb the calcium
  • Unsweetened teas, which can also contain fluorid
  • ‘Zero’ calorie sports drinks

Note, if you like to drink sugary or energy drinks you can cut the sugar in half by adding water.Dr. Feldman always offers some advice to his patients during each visit, if there’s room for improvement. The cutting of sugar and energy drinks has multiple benefits. Start by thinking twice about it, then by cutting down … possibly leading to those healthier choices. Let us know how it’s going along your journey.

Feldman Orthodontics 1773 W Fletcher Ave. Tampa 33612 Florida Tel: (813) 968-2483 or 3739 W Neptune St. Tampa 33629 Florida Tel: (813) 254-8005.

To learn more about Randy M. Feldman, DDS, MS and Feldman Orthodontics and the orthodontic treatment available for children, teens, and adults using braces, Invisalign, and Invisalign Teen, please visit: http://YourBite.com or call (813) 968-2483.