The high acid content of energy drinks irreversibly damages tooth enamel. Samples of human tooth enamel were submerged in energy drinks for 15 minutes and then in artificial saliva for 2 hours, imitating the exposure that occurs if a person were to consume an energy drink every couple of hours. Damage to enamel became evident in only five days, and the damage was more significant when samples were exposed to energy drinks as opposed to sports drinks. Aside from minimizing one’s intake of energy drinks, Jennifer Bone of the Academy of General Dentistry advises chewing sugar-free gum or rinsing the mouth with water post-consumption.
Energy Drinks on Tooth Enamel