Think Twice before you reach for that Energy Drink.

Think Before You Drink!

The Exam

Most recently, a “20 year old or something” patient presented with a chief complaint of pain, “Doc, I’ve got major tooth aches all over the place.”

To say nothing, on initial glance, many of this patient’s teeth appeared to be broken down. Clinical exam revealed multiple cavities. Not to mention, varying degrees of severe wear. In like manner, tooth cusps were dissolved away. Moreover, the chewing aspect of his teeth were flat. I had almost never seen that amount of worn down tooth in a person, especially not in their 20’s. In the same fashion, the sides of his teeth were pitted and punctured. Above all, radiographs were taken and reviewed. With findings in mind, the conversation was had. I had to determine if there were: para-functional habits, maybe possible acid reflux issues and questionable dietary issues. In view of findings, I confirmed the diagnosis.

I NOTED DENTAL CARIEs EVERYWHERe…… “It was a crime scene in there”

Seeing is believing. I can’t verbally describe the scope of tooth breakdown. To that end, a few words come to mind: Relentless. Destructive. Corrosive.

Notably, further conversation with the patient revealed a history of 1-2 Energy Drinks per day for the past four years. Red Bull was his favorite beverage during college,,,,,,,, besides beer.

What makes Red Bull so Bad for your teeth?

Red Bull ingredients are toxic. To point out, highly acidic and carcinogenic.

  • TAURINE–Taurine is an amino acid better known as amino sulfonic acid. Very acidic @pH = 4.1-5.6 (5% aqueous solution) .
  • ASPARTAME & ACESULFAME (This is bad stuff)

The Red Bull Experiment.

So I did the math……. Let’s say, it takes 5 minutes to drink a can of Red Bull. Not to mention, you are probably not brushing your teeth afterwards. Moreover, the Red Bull is lingering around in your mouth for 10 minutes after you finished the can. To put it differently, your oral cavity is helplessly exposed to the Red Bull drink for 15 minutes/can. With this in mind, a two cans per day habit translates into a 30 minutes of Red Bull acidic bath per day.

Thus, in the name of science. Firstly, I placed two freshly extracted non-decayed teeth into two separate baths. One extracted tooth (the standard) was placed in a bath of plain tap water and the other in a bath of Red Bull Energy Drink. Next, I left them undisturbed, covered in the shade for thirty days.

Minutes in a day calculation. One day has 24 hours, one hour has 60 minutes, so: 1 day = (24 hours/day) × (60 minutes/hour) = 1440 minutes/day …

In effect, 1440 minutes/day X 30 days of Red Bull Bath = A total of 43,200 minutes that the experimental tooth was subjected to Red Bull Bath.

To put it a another way, that’s a two can habit for 1440 days or for almost 4 years.

A picture is Worth A thousand Words!

This experiment simulates a “two can per day” habit for almost four years..

Extracted the same day and from same patient. The Tooth in left of the image was subjected to the Red Bull Bath. The Tooth in the right of the image was in the water bath.
Red Bull Victim………That’s big hole!


As can be seen by the above. In brief, there’s not much to say. In essence, the tooth in comparison was dissolved, weakened, fragile and hopeless to restore.

To summarize. It’s bad stuff for your teeth. Moreover, something more profound should be apparent. To clarify, if Red Bull can destroy the elements of the hardest known tissue in your body; enamel. Just imagine what it can do your internal organ systems……


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Author: robertemiliodds

My Passion is People and the Teeth Connected To Them! General dentist

2 thoughts on “Think Twice before you reach for that Energy Drink.”

  1. Great and informative stuff as always Dr. E. Thank God I never touched Red Bull. Always grossed me out. Excellent wrote up though and always enjoy reading.

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