Dan Royals is a teacher and energy drink addict, who recently shared pictures on social media which showed the damage that the drinks have done to his mouth. In the photos that Royals shared, his tongue looks like it has been eaten away, with large chunks missing out of it, and large spaces filled with blisters.
In a caption, Royals said, ““Who drinks energy drinks? Addicted to them? You may want to think again. Have a look at the second pic… That’s what that shit does to your tongue, imagine what’s it like on your internals? Up until recently when this started to occur I was drinking at least 5-6 a day (lack of energy teaching kids usually) and I brush daily, went to the doctor and boom! Found out it’s the chemicals in these drinks that are causing it… It literally eats away at your tongue. So be wary guys. Just to make it clear, I actually do care for my oral health but this is purely from these drinks… I do smoke but has nothing to do with the eating away of my tongue.”
In addition to large amounts of sugar, energy drinks typically contain a cocktail of different chemicals, and there have not been sufficient studies into the long term effects of these chemicals.
Studies have also shown that the chemicals and sugars in energy drinks can narrow your blood vessels, increasing the risk of heart attacks and stroke.
According to the WHO, habitual energy drink consumption can increase your risk of having one or more of the following problems:
- caffeine overdose
- type 2 diabetes
- poor dental health
- late miscarriages, low birth weight and stillbirths in pregnant women
- neurological and cardiovascular problems in kids and teenagers
- heart problems
These drinks can also cause cavities and other problems for your teeth.
According to a study published in the Academy of General Dentistry, damage to tooth enamel caused by energy drinks could make teeth overly sensitive and prone to cavities.
According to a statement from the World Health Organisation, “A study in the US showed that dental cavities can result from the acidic pH and high-sugar content of products such as energy drinks. Another study showed that consumption of energy drinks can cause erosion and smear layer removal in the teeth, leading to cervical dentin hypersensitivity.”
Just last month, a similar case made the news when a 21 year old man shared photos of his rotting teeth, which were also caused by energy drink addiction. Vinnie Pyner says he even dropped out of college because he was so embarrassed about his teeth. Pyner also drank roughly six cans per day.
“It started as a way to relieve the stress and pressure from my college course because you have to be focused when it comes to computing and coding. But I never thought that it would get this bad, it’s affected my confidence dramatically. I had the ambition to become a games designer, but now my hopes have been dashed,” Pyner said.
“I didn’t think much about it until I swallowed something hard before realizing that my upper four teeth had broken off. I was shocked, and at the same time very worried, the damage looked absolutely awful. The dentist was extremely shocked to see my teeth, and she said that it was one of the worse cases of tooth decay and damage that she had ever seen. Looking at my teeth, I realized what I had done. I was in a complete mess,” Pyner explained.
Pyner is now off of the energy drinks, and he is working to get his teeth repaired. To get his mouth back to normal, Pyner is going to need at least 24 fillings and dentures. Once all of the dental work is done, Pyner hopes to put this experience behind him and go back to school to pursue his career as a video game designer.
These two cases should be cautionary tales to anyone who drinks these products on a daily basis. If this is what those drinks are doing to a person’s mouth, imagine what they are doing to the internal organs. It is almost like these individuals would have been better off doing illegal drugs.