Livingston, N.J. Cosmetic and Sedation Dentist, Michael Chusid, D.M.D. Offers Advice on the Latest Study of Sports Drinks and Their Negative Effects on Teeth

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Michael Chusid, D.M.D. of Livingston, N.J. speaks out about tooth enamel health and its link to sports and energy drinks.

Livingston Cosmetic and Sedation Dentist Michael Chusid, D.M.D.

Michael A. Chusid, D.M.D.

Damage to tooth enamel exposes the tooth and makes teeth more susceptible to decay, sensitivity to temperatures and often promote cavity formation.

Up to half of U.S. teens and young adults consume energy drinks, and more than half of them have one sports drink per day. Energy and sports drinks damage tooth enamel, in turn raising the occurrence of cavities in people who consume them. A recent study published in the journal, General Dentistry, found that sports and energy drinks contain so much acid that after five consecutive days of use, teeth enamel begins to disintegrate.

“Young adults and teens come to see me with cavities and wonder what has caused them. They don’t consume an abnormal amount of candy, but when I ask how often do they drink sports drinks or energy drinks? The answer is often!” Dr. Chusid comments. Young adults and teens are consuming these drinks thinking that their sports performance is going to improve and will rise their energy levels, but what they don’t realize is that they are giving their teeth an acidic bath. “Damage to tooth enamel exposes the tooth and makes teeth more susceptible to decay, sensitivity to temperatures and often promote cavity formation,” Livingston, N.J. dentist, Dr. Chusid explains.

Most people believe that sports drinks and energy drinks are better for them than soda, which is a sad misconception. Energy drinks are far worse for your teeth than soda or sports drinks. Dr. Chusid suggests, “If you are going to drink these drinks, make sure that at least when you are done, you rinse your mouth out with water.” It is always recommended to see your dentist for preventative dentistry twice a year for your annual cleanings and X-Rays.

About Dr. Chusid

Dr. Chusid has 30 years of experience in complex oral reconstruction using both conventional crown and bridge techniques and implant technology. Dr. Chusid administers most complex procedures using oral conscious sedation techniques and is certified through the State of New York’s Enteral Conscious Sedation division.

Dr. Chusid is a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (1977) and a fellow of the Academy of Medicine of New Jersey. Dr. Chusid is on staff at both St. Barnabas Medical Center and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Chusid values education and the need for passing on key learnings. With his specialization in cosmetic techniques, such as porcelain veneers, he teaches in the post-graduate residency program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Chusid maintains memberships in the American Academy of Periodontology, American Dental Association, New Jersey Dental Association, Essex County Dental Association, Newark Dental Club, and numerous other local and national professional societies.

315 East Northfield Rd. Suite 3D
Livingston, NJ 07039
Phone    973 535 1800
Fax    973 535 1890
Email    info(at)chusiddentalgroup(dot)com

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