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This article is brought to you courtesy of Dr. Alan Neal of Neal Family Dental, Canby Herald Family Dentistry Insider Expert.

Dr. Alan Neal, DMD, FAGD

Many young people drink energy drinks and some drink them mixed with alcohol or in a sports drink. But are the drinks safe? And how do they affect your teeth?

Numerous studies have found that energy drinks have a shortterm benefit (a burst of energy) but these benefits are outweighed by the serious health risks they pose. The amount

of caffeine in a drink is 8 times the amount found in a cup of

coffee. The recommended daily amount of caffeine is 400 mg a

day, but energy drinks can have 100 mg an ounce! It is excessive

for adults but for children that amount is dangerous. Too much caffeine can also result in risk-seeking behavior, such as

substance misuse and aggression, mental health problems in

the form of anxiety and stress,

Another health risk with energy drinks is their high sugar levels (about half a cup of sugar per 20 oz can). Energy drinks

contain much more sugar and acids than juice or soda and can result in increased blood pressure, obesity, kidney damage,

fatigue, stomachaches and irritation. A serious problem is

when alcohol is mixed with an energy drink. Energy drinks can mask the signs of alcohol inebriation, enabling an individual to consume more, increasing the likelihood of dehydration and alcohol poisoning.

Not only does and energy drink have dangerous levels of

caffeine and sugar, they have high levels of acid which can

cause irreversible damage to your teeth.

Dr. Neal of Neal Family Dental recommends limiting energy

drinks to an once a day, drink, preferably none after 12 pm, and

children under 18 should avoid drinking them altogether.

Neal Family Dental

333 N.W 3rd Avenue

Canby, OR 97013

503-266-2705

www.NealFamilyDental.com

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