The acidic drinks, in conjunction with teeth grinding and reflux, can cause permanent damage to children?s teeth. The researchers were able to determine that enamel is damaged 30 seconds after consumption.
"Dental erosion is an issue of growing concern in developed countries, and it is often only detected clinically after extensive tooth wear has occurred," Dr. Sarbin Ranjitkar said. ?Such erosion can lead to a lifetime of compromised dental health that may require complex and extensive rehabilitation?but it is also preventable with minimal intervention.?
According to Ranjitkar, damaged tooth enamel cases have been on the rise, particularly in children and young adults who have been dealing with the triple threat for a majority of their lives.
"Our research has shown that permanent damage to the tooth enamel will occur within the first 30 seconds of high acidity coming into contact with the teeth. This is an important finding and it suggests that such drinks are best avoided. If high acidity drinks are consumed, it is not simply a matter of having a child clean their teeth an hour or 30 minutes later and hoping they'll be okay?the damage is already done," Ranjitkar said.
Dental Product Shopper wrote another blog on the topic of sugar-packed energy drinks back in July, with researchers identifying athletes as the ones who are at risk because of their overconsumption of sports drinks.
?This is a disease that we know how to stop, and dental disease is the most widespread disease in the world,? Dr. Peter Arsenault, Division Head of Operative Dentistry at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine said. ?It?s almost an epidemic because we?re seeing young people emulate athletes. And it?s being supplied now in high schools and colleges and even at the youth levels where kids are drinking Gatorade. There?s a lot of marketing that goes into it.?