Is Your Energy Drink Wearing Down Your Smile?

Woman Receving a Dental Exam at Pure Dental Health Atlanta GAEnergy drinks are becoming more and more popular. People consider them a “healthier” alternative to sodas and a more effective beverage at improving sports performance and boosting energy levels. Unfortunately, despite their flavor and claims of enhancing your level of play, these drinks pose an overwhelming risk to your teeth.

Double Whammy

Sports and energy drinks contain two major threats to the health of your teeth: sugar and acids. In fact, they contain high amounts of each. While sugar most certainly contributes to cavity formation, it is the acids in these energy drinks that is most detrimental. The pH is acidic enough to dissolve your tooth enamel, or the glossy outer layer of your teeth. Once this layer breaks down, it doesn’t grow back. Furthermore, it exposes the less hard dentin layer to decay and infection.

Sip or Gulp: It Matters

If you must consume an energy drink, there is actually a right and wrong way to drink it if you are trying to protect your smile. To reduce the harmful effects on your teeth, it is best to consume the beverage all at once, rather than sipping on it throughout the day – or through a two-hour sports practice. According to an article in SELF, your saliva remains acidic enough to dissolve your enamel for upward of 20 minutes after just one sip of an energy drink.

To protect your teeth even more, consider chasing your energy drink with a few sips of water. Even chewing a piece of sugarless gum can help neutralize the acids in your mouth and save your enamel from irreversible damage. Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after you indulge on an energy drink, as the scrubbing can cause acid abrasion if you don’t wait about an hour.

Symptoms of Enamel Damage

If energy drinks are your go-to source for hydration and sports fuel, you need to watch for signs of enamel erosion. Do you suffer from discoloration, sensitivity or frequent cavities? This may indicate that you need to see a dentist and cut back on your energy drink habit. There are treatments for these disruptive dental symptoms and we can explain your options at Pure Dental Health. Schedule your appointment in Buckhead or Dunwoody today!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott
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Detecting Cavities Early

Prevention is key in just about every area of life. If you have the means to prevent something bad, dangerous, or devastating you should take the time to do it. Dental health care is no different! There are many simple things that can be done to ensure that your oral health care is as effective as possible for keeping your mouth clean, healthy, and beautiful. At Pure Dental Health in Buckhead, Georgia, we are a comprehensive dental practice that puts a high emphasis on preventive dental care. One way that this is done is through early cavity detection. While cavities may seem like a small nuisance, they can actually have a significantly negative affect on your overall health.

Cavities are small areas of decay within a tooth. If this decay is not caught early and treated effectively, the decay can quickly spread to neighboring teeth, the gums, and ultimately into the blood stream where it can quickly spread to the heart and other organs. Detecting cavities early is extremely important. New technology allows dentists the opportunity to detect cavities months, or even years, before they would normally be found. Early detection allows for the earliest possible treatment in order promote and preserve a healthy tooth structure. However, this early detection is only possible when patients come in to the dentist’s office for regular dental cleanings and checkups.

For many reasons, oral health care is often put on the back burner in many people’s lives. Making the time to keep appointments, busy schedules, anxieties of visiting the dentist – all of these contribute to ignoring oral health. However, not taking the proper steps to ensure a healthy mouth can have dire consequences. By making regular dental visits a priority, your dentist can detect cavities early – preventing major, costly dental work in the future. If you are looking for a trusted dental practice in Atlanta, please contact Pure Dental Health. Our contemporary dental office will allow you to feel comfortable, and our esteemed staff will make you feel at ease and welcome. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Justin Scott
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Pure Dental HealthAtlanta Dentist
2285 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (678) 666-3642