The popularity of energy drinks has been on the rise in recent years, especially among teenagers and young adults. These drinks contain citric or carbonic acid, which are blamed for the erosions caused on the tooth surface (enamel).
The corrosive action of acidic beverages depends not only on their relative acidity but also on their frequency and consumption.
The effect on the teeth is completely different if we drink an acidic drink relatively quickly and even using a straw, than drinking it slowly with small sips, which we keep in our mouths. We prefer to rinse our mouth with water or chew sugar-free chewing gum, which increases saliva production and neutralizes acids.
We do NOT brush our teeth immediately until after 30-60 minutes – as the enamel is weakened it can cause even more damage – and we always use fluoride toothpaste and a soft toothbrush.