Energy drinks can hurt your mouth. They can cause:
- Breakdown of your tooth’s surface from the high acidity and sugar, leading to less protection for the tooth and tooth decay
- Sensitive teeth
- Cavities from tooth decay
They can also cause:
- Irritation, anxiety, aggression, and decreased attention span
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Daytime sleepiness
Here’s how you can protect your mouth:
- Make water your drink of choice. Water is the most nutritious beverage, and is recommended by Canada’s Food Guide.
- Set limits. The more often you have energy drinks (and other sugary beverages), the more damage they will cause.
- If you have one, rinse your mouth with water afterwards to help protect your teeth’s surfaces from breakdown.