Sports and Energy drinks bad for your teeth

Updated: Tuesday, October 29 2013, 07:43 PM CDT
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Many sports and energy drinks claim  to give you a lift but they're also lifting something else- something that can't be replaced.         
   
The drinks that can take your teeth on an irreversible acid trip.
Lifting weights and lifting something for a refreshing drink. for some people it's plain water.  For others it's a sports or energy drinks.

How awesome are your legs feeling right now?
What's not awesome is what some of those drinks are doing to your teeth

I used to buy vitamin water and when I found out how much sugar was in it, it's like drinking a soda.

But sugar is not the only concern.
Erin McLaughlin's been an dental hygienist for 13 years and she's....

If you're going to have something other than water, have it with a meal. That way your teeth aren't bathing in that acid all day.

Dr Mike Firouzian, of the Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry,
Says the citric acid found in many popular drinks is contributing to a growing problem.

For the longest time we didn't see any decay, especially in adolescents and adults but for the past 4-5 years we're seeing it again. And I directly attribute it to these drinks.

He says it's erosion.
Basically the surface of the tooth- the enamel surface- wears off and  it's the acidity and the sugar content of these drinks that slowly erodes the enamel away.

And once it's lost, it's lost.
How it happens is simple.
We're using eggs to represent the enamel on your teeth. Eggshells and teeth are made of a similar composition and both are susceptible to acidic substances.  Ingredients commonly found in these types of drinks.

We're going to bathe each egg in a drink that people bathe their mouths in every day.

Seven popular drinks.  Everything from soda pop to milk to energy drinks.
We let them soak overnight.  The results.

It happens so slowly . It's a very gradual process. Usually it starts with little dark spots on the chewing surfaces of the teeth and slowly you start seeing
Craters- I call them little potholes- on the tooth. Little craters or dimples on the teeth that start to decay.

18 hours later we checked the results.
The egg in the water had no change.
The one that sat in the milk actually felt stronger.

We started to see changes on the egg in the green soda.
The one in the blue sports drink had a little more damage.

But the egg in the energy drink on the end had the most damage.

You can see the outer shell just starting to peel away.
But don't go running for the toothbrush just yet.

At least for an hour it's recommended that you not brush because the acidity is sort of flowing around the mouth and you can spread it easily and pass it from one tooth to the other tooth.

Push that way up high back at the gym, PJ Schreiner says he reaches for water to stay hydrated.

Especially at this class. I find I drink three of these in an hour long class.
We're pushing away the world from our lives.. whoo!

And pushing away the decay one drink at a time.
The doctor says if you do drink things other than water, use a straw.   It helps keep the acid away from your teeth.

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Sports and Energy drinks bad for your teeth
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