Teen Opens Mouth To Show Damage Of What ‘6 Cans Of Energy Drinks A Day’ Can Do To Your Teeth
A lot of us grab an energy drink every once in a while but occasionally, we hear stories which make us cringe. This is one of these stories and it involves a man who is pointing the finger towards Monster Energy drinks since his front teeth snapped once he drank six cans of the energy beverage every day.
I know what you’re probably thinking, six cans every day? Is he surprised about his teeth? Read on.
The dependency happened in a similar manner too many different addictions. Vinnie Pyner, 21 was in college and he was downing the energy beverages all day long to help him maintain his research.
Throughout the time that he was drinking these energy drink he chose to add routine dental hygiene as part of his regular by simply brushing his teeth twice daily. After a while, he got a toothache and when he bit into an apple, his four front teeth snapped.
After he downed about 45 cans weekly for seven months, he decided to get off of them in larger packs.
His dentist then made a horrible discovery. Every one of his teeth in his mouth had rotted and now, Vinnie is getting dentures for his front teeth and 24 fillings.
Vinny is from Margate, Kent and he are now on a mission to try and tell people about the dangers of consuming energy drinks.
He said: “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 an ambition to become a games designer but now my hopes have been dashed.
“The dentist was extremely shocked to see my teeth and she said that it was one of the worst 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.
“I couldn’t attend college like this so I had to leave because I couldn’t bear the embarrassment. I am not sure what the future holds but I hope that I can get back on my feet. Monster Energy has completely ruined my life.”
Vinnie was in his second year in East Kent College, Studying BTEC Computing and Coding. He started drinking the Dragon Energy drinks in September 2017.
He said: “It started with three a day at breakfast, lunch, and dinner so I could stay focused during my studies. I often felt tired and needed the energy drinks desperately.”
Following the new term began in October 2017, he then started to up his own energy beverage game by buying multi-packs. He improved both his addiction and his ingestion.
Vinnie said: “It was value for money and much cheaper than to buy individual cans. But the temptation of having a pack of four and wanting to drink them all at once got hold of me through the caffeine within them.
“It was like I had to fuel this addiction regularly and if I didn’t I would suffer from caffeine withdrawal symptoms such as severe headaches and muscle pain.”
His mother, Tara, begin to get concerned when she saw what was happening. She said: “I started seeing him coming home regularly with multi-packs, which were the early signs of addiction.
“I noticed the habit getting worse and worse as his bedroom bins were always full of the cans. But I never thought that it would get this bad.”
The dependency continued to get worse and from Christmas 2017, he had been having two cans between faculty classes and was currently drinking six energy beverages every day. Every time he began having a tooth ache.
Vinnie said: “Every time I bit down on an item of food it was very painful so it was always a nightmare every time I had something to eat. I was starting to realise that this point that my addiction to Monster drinks was getting much worse.
“I never thought to tell anyone, I just coped with the pain.”
It was in March 2018 when he bit into an apple and heard a cracking sound. He says: “I didn’t think much about it until I swallowed something hard before realising that my upper four teeth had broken off.
“I was shocked and at the same time very worried, the damage looked absolutely awful. I couldn’t tell my mum because it was so worried about what she might have said and extremely embarrassed about what she had said.
“So I trying not opening my mouth too wide when I was near mum.”
It wasn’t long before his mother was asking to see his teeth. She said: “It was absolutely shocking. His upper four incisor teeth had completely fallen off and you could see his gum line, it was horrible.
“Incisors are often the first adult teeth that grow and make up most of our smile, so his smile was completely ruined. At that point, I realised the damage that the Monster Energy drinks had been doing to him, it wasn’t very pleasant at all.
“As a mum, it was very hard to take in because, for the last seven months, this addiction had taken control of his life.”
He then went to a dentist straight away and they discovered that all his teeth were rotten. He needed 24 dentures and feelings to front teeth.
He dropped out of school and his optimism took a nosedive. He seldom ever goes out and spends nearly all his time in the home. He said: “I can’t do much at all, let alone think about my future.
“I can’t apply for any jobs because interviewers will take one look at my teeth and say no straight away. The smile is the first thing you see in a job interview.”
The dental treatment started in September and he hopes to regain his smile and his confidence. He also has some advice for anybody who was thinking about starting to use energy drinks: “Stay away from them, they are completely damaging and they could ruin your life.”