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Dentistry/Tooth Problem- What Is It? How do I stop it?


I drank Monster Energy drinks stupidly for about a year. OI stopped due to heart palpitations that went away with discontinued use. My teeth were not as lucky. Several months after taking Monster Energy drinks, I have noticed that every tooth is missing some enamel. Just yesterday, I looked in the mirror and I'm not sure if it has always been this way and I'm just taking notice but it appears to be getting worse. I been brushing, flossing, rinsing, toothpicks, and a tongue scraper. But I worry it may only get worse. I do not have health insurance and I seen for four teeth, it will cost me $420.00. I don't know what the issue is but I'm scared. I don't know what will happen or if there will be enough time for me to stop it if it continues. Please help me figure out what it is and how to stop it.

Hi Mark and thanks for your question.

Firstly, stay calm and don't panic - you will achieve far more with a cool and clear head than if you allow yourself to get panicked over this. Sadly, what's done is done and it could be that the continuous high sugar content of most energy drinks has caused enamel erosion to your teeth. The enamel that has been lost, will never return or be replaced, but what you have to make sure of, is that it doesn't continue or get worse. For this reason, make an appointment to see a good and understanding dentist who can address this problem comprehensively and instruct you as what to do and what not to do. Every patient is different and the specifics of your situation must be properly assessed, documents and a specific treatment plan designed for your needs and situation.

You should also get into a permanent oral hygiene program with an oral hygienist, which your dentist will advise you on further, which would probably include elements such as diet analysis and regular fluoride treatments to strengthen the remaining tooth structure and make the teeth less prone to tooth decay - because enamel is the hardest substance in the body and offers greatest resistance to the onslaught of attacks from the acids produced by oral bacteria which feed on the high sugars in our diet.

Well done for identifying this as a potential problem and for taking the steps to correct your lifestyle - you wont be sorry when you are older. Now, follow through and make a dental appointment to give yourself the peace of mind that you are doing all you came to counteract the damage of the past - just don't harp on the mistakes of the past, learn from it and move right along. I hope this helps and wish you all the best of success further, take care.

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Dr Craig Peck


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Dr Craig W Peck ( B.Med.Sc., B.Ch.D., Clin. Botox, Cosmet. Derm.)


I am a General Dental Practitioner, with special interests in Cosmetic Dentistry & facial aesthetics and Periodontology, placing a strong emphasis on the establishment and maintenance of a healthy periodontium (the support structure of the tooth) before cosmetic options are considered. I uphold all principles of prevention above interventional treatment and try as far as possible, to remain conservative in my approach. I believe in detailed, open and honest patient discussion, establishing what the patients expectations are and what the reality is of achieving this and involving the patient at every level of the treatment. I have strong principles on ethical treatment and appropriate patient management. I have chosen to treat and rehabilitate many nervous and phobic patients, who, for whatever reason, find it impossible to take part in the very important task of even a routine check-up. I will accept questions relating to general and cosmetic dentistry (in conjunction with the use of facial cosmetic procedures) and dental fears/phobias. I will be more than willing to answer any academic questions in dentistry, biology, physiology, psychology and health sciences in general. As most dentists will tell you, there is often not only one way of dealing with a dental issue - so very often, there is no precise right and wrong way of approaching the problem. All clinicians vary when it comes to treatments and what works best in their hands is often the treatment that is advised. Be understanding of this and bear in mind that nothing lasts forever! Patients are happy to accept only a one-years warrantee when buying a new car, but seem to expect that dental work is going to last them their lifetime.


I have worked for many years in the UK and RSA as a general dental practitioner - within the NHS, private practice and the government dental health services. I am certificated for the administration of Botox and Dermal Fillers for facial lines and wrinkles as I have attended further courses in minimally invasive facial cosmetic procedures. I started seeing an increasing number of patients who presented with severe to moderate dental fears, even with full-blown phobias, so I started with the slow and patient task of tackling this problem and have successfully rehabilitated many patients. The key is good, effective, concise and understandable communication, shifting control from the dentist to the patient in order to slowly, but confidently, regain their trust back in dentistry, thereby giving them the feeling of achievement and this self-empowerment which drives them to the next level of treatment.

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B.Med.Sc. Degree (Medical Physiology and Medical Virology; Physiology Cum Laude; Stell 1994). B.Ch.D. Degree (Bachelor of Dental Surgery; Clinical Dentistry Cum Laude; Stell 1997). CPR and CPR-Advanced Courses (2000/2001; UK). Clinical Botox (UK, 2001). Cosmetic Dermatology (Botox and Dermal Fillers; RSA 2011).

Awards and Honors
Placed on the Dean's List at University for academic achievement (1994). Highest achievement in the subject Dental Materials. Medal from 3M and the Radiology Association of South Africa for highest achievement in the subject Dental Radiology and Imaging. Medal from The Periodontal Association of South Africa for highest achievement in the subject Periodontology. Highest achievement for Oral Medicine. Highest achievement in Oral Pathology. Received the DASA (Dental Ass. of South Africa) Gold Medal for highest achieving dental student across the 5 1/2 years of the Degree. Passed the subject, Clinical Dentistry with distinction in final year.

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