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.

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

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!

Observations/Conclusion:

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……

Credits:

Dr. Emilio & Associates,  Always Accepts  New Patients. He especially exceeds at treating same day emergencies patients suffering from tooth ache pains.

His goal is to keep his patients’ Teeth and Gums Healthy For Life.

Feel Free to appoint a Consultation with the Doctor. Open Six Days A Week

OPEN on Weekdays.  7:30am -8:00pm  (M<T<W<T)

Fridays.  7:30am-2:00pm

Weekends (Saturday only).  8:00am-2:00pm

111 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851.

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“I Think I Got My Dad’s Teeth”

When my wife confirmed to me she was pregnant with our first child, I knew big changes were coming. The stunning announcement of pregnancy brought me both joy and extreme anxiety.  The biggest stress was not the actual nine months of pregnancy (my wife was healthy and strong, tip-top health) but  a result of me unsuccessfully attempting to predict the unknown future.

The actual pregnancy was classic and uneventful. As an expecting father, I gained my customary 8 pounds in sympathy. February 20th, arrived, game day in the delivery room at Norwalk Hospital. Liza wasn’t a screamer during the delivery process, just some groans now and then for about 5 hours. Like I said, she’s tough.

Delivery was natural and smooth, no complications. It felt like it was all happening too fast. Then ,out of no where a little alien appeared.  “That’s my son?”  I see this little scrawny humanoid thing in the doctor’s hands. Birth is an incredible feeling to witness live. You dads know what I’m talking about. I knew in an instant, my life had just changed in an instant.  Extreme joy and the weight of immense pressure in the same sandwich.

In seconds after delivery, the nurse swept my son from the doctor’s safe arms and confirmed vitals and other tests nearby.  Soon after, he was confirmed by the nurse and deemed healthy and beautiful, he was lovingly brought to mom’s loving embrace, swaddled and nursed. This was truly a breath-taking experience to witness. The nature of instant bond between child and mom is magical. My son was then placed in the radiant incubator which minimize further trauma from the delivery.

As I approached the warming bed to embrace my boy, which was now positioned besides his mom, I witnessed the power of genetics.  Exhausted, content sleeping under the warm light, supine, tightly swaddled,  snug blue head skull-cap fitted, with his tiny right arm conveniently popped out from the soft white blanket, with backhand to his forehead. “That’s me when I sleep”,  I thought out loud. Right hand on my head is where I find the most comfort and relaxation. “It’s my move and now, my son’s move.”

Nature or Nurture, that is the age-old question. It’s actually both. Everything is genetically driven. We are a function of our DNA. The rule is 80% genetic and 20% environmental. There are millions upon millions of characteristics that we have inherited that defines our phenotype.

We are products of our DNA. From our attitude to the gait in our walk; we are our parents, the good and bad. Tooth shape, tooth shade, predisposition to tooth decay, predisposition to periodontal disease, jaw alignment………. everything.

The 20% is our ability to change and modify to create a healthier lifestyle. You are in control of your 20%.

Brush more per day and eat the right foods. Stay away from candy and sugary drinks so you get fewer cavities than your mom or dad. You are still getting cavities, but fewer……..

Get those braces so that your teeth are in a better alignment so that your toothbrush has better accessibility to the your entire mouth.

Get your teeth cleaned more frequently than two times year because your mom lost all her teeth due to periodontal disease before the age of fifty. Get an electric tooth-brush, a Waterpick and floss regularly.

Give up smoking because you know your dad died from oral cancer.

Don’t eat late at night,  stay away from  acidic foods, and cut back on the coffee in order to help prevent root caries,

So let’s embrace our genetics and try to abide by some simple philosophies.

It’s my approach to tackle hardship in life. It works for me. It took me twenty years get here. I try not to question or get frustrated too much about stuff I can’t control.

However I do my best, to make changes in order to make up for my short comings and embrace the facts.

Making positive choices in your lifestyle, may or may not make a difference in the role our genetics play but it certainly can help create a more meaningful existence!

 

Dedicated to Rob A. New dad and patient

 

Dr. Emilio & Associates,  Always Accepts  New Patients. He especially exceeds at treating same day emergencies patients suffering from tooth ache pains.

His goal is to keep his patients’ Teeth and Gums Healthy For Life.

Feel Free to appoint a Consultation with the Doctor. Open Six Days A Week

OPEN on Weekdays.  7:30am -8:00pm  (M<T<W<T)

Fridays.  7:30am-2:00pm

Weekends (Saturday only).  8:00am-2:00pm

111 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851.

You can always contact me directly via email  blog@robertemiliodds.com

Instagram:  dentist_in_connecticut

Office (203)866-7164      www.robertemiliodds.com

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