Energy Drinks and Oral Health

Energy DrinksEnergy 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
  • Headaches
  • 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.

 

For Further Information

TBDHU: Healthy Eating

TBDHU: Skip the Juice

Unlock Food: Energy Drink Facts

Canadian Dental Association: Junk Food and Child Health

Ontario Dental Hygienists’ Association: Nutrition and Oral Health

Last Updated: 03/09/2019