Scottsdale Dentist Reveals the Hidden Dangers of Many Popular Beverages
Dr. Todd Mabry discusses the dental effects of sports drinks, energy drinks, and sodas and how people can help protect their teeth when they choose to consume them.
Scottsdale, AZ – Dr. Todd Mabry, a Scottsdale dentist, recently appeared on two local television programs to talk about the hidden dangers in some popular beverages and the best way to maintain oral health for those who drink them.
On Fox-10’s Health Watch and ABC-15 News, Dr. Mabry demonstrated the levels of sugar and acidity in several popular drinks, such as Rock Star, Gatorade, and Coca-Cola. While people may be aware that the sugar contained in these beverages can be detrimental to dental health, he says many do not realize the amount of sugar they ingest with each drink. In a recent blog post titled “How Much Sugar is in Your Favorite Drink?”, Dr. Mabry breaks down beverages by sugar content, revealing that a drink like Mountain Dew contains over twice the sugar of chocolate milk.
Dr. Mabry is quick to point out that sugar is not the only content of these drinks that consumers should monitor. Though people may be aware that their drinks contain high levels of sugar that can damage teeth, he says the acid contained in these beverages can be equally damaging. According to Dr. Mabry, sports drinks and energy drinks, which are newer on the market than most bottled beverages, are actually worse for your teeth than most sodas or coffee. In addition to containing more sugar than many sodas, Dr. Mabry says the acid level in popular sports energy drinks is also higher than average, making these drinks – in the spectrum of bottled beverages – some of the most questionable choices a person can make as far as tooth preservation is concerned.
“Am I saying to avoid all the beverages listed above?” says Dr. Mabry. “Absolutely not. However, as a dentist dedicated to helping patients maintain healthy teeth, I would be remiss not to mention the positive correlation between sugar consumption and dental issues.”
Dr. Mabry gave tips during his television segments on how to best care for your teeth after consuming these beverages. While it may seem logical to brush immediately after drinking these sugary and acidic beverages, he says doing so actually harms the teeth. Instead, Dr. Mabry recommends that his Scottsdale cosmetic dentistry patients drink water before and after drinking an energy drink or a soda and wait at least one hour before brushing to maintain good oral health.
About Todd Mabry, DDS
Dr. Mabry is a graduate of the University of Arizona and earned his doctor of dental surgery degree at Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He completed his residency focusing on cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry in Southern California. Dr. Mabry has been in practice in Scottsdale since 2003. In addition to his involvement in the Give Kids a Smile® program, Dr. Mabry volunteers at the John C. Lincoln Children’s Dental Clinic. He is available for interview upon request.
Dr. Todd Mabry
8595 E. Bell Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85260