Re: RE: creatine and bad teeth
Here's my personal experience with Creatine Hydrochloride, and observations.
When I sniffed it from the bulk bag, it smells acrid and sharp. Mixed in bulk form in warm water, it tastes a little bit like puke... and that makes perfect sense, because when CrHCl is mixed in water, the Cr immediately peels off the HCl, and the HCl in water immediately turns into hydrochloric acid, which is -- stomach acid.
When I drank it, immediately afterward, my teeth had an almost sticky feeling to them... exactly like they feel after I puke. It's been years since I had to puke, but I remember the feeling my teeth had afterward, and of course the sharp taste of the acid from my stomach.
The directions on the bulk bag say you should mix 1/2 a teaspoon with a full pint of water, and I understand why, now: it's because the solution basically re-creates stomach acid, with creatine in it.
Everyone knows that bulimics suffer tooth damage from repeated, regular, self-forced vomiting. So if you take CrHCl daily, you better drink a SMALL amount of it, mixed with a LARGE amount of water, to keep the concentration of the "stomach acid" to a low level, or you WILL suffer tooth damage just like somebody with bulimia, who forces themself to puke regularly.
Undoubtedly, actual acid from your stomach is stronger and more concentrated, but I know what I felt on my teeth, even after drinking the diluted form, 1/2 teaspoon in a full pint of water: it was the same tooth "softness" I felt, the last time I had to puke when I had the flu several years ago.
Because of this, my plan is to use my CAPSULE MAKER to make capsules of Creatine HCl.
I don't like Creatine Monohydrate, because it DEFINITELY causes subcutaneous water retention in SOME people. But I don't think it causes tooth damage. When I drink a CrH mixture, it tastes pretty bland, so I truly doubt that it causes tooth damage, at least not by the same mechanism (hydrochloric acid)
And to be clear, I've never tried CEE, so I can't speak to it at all. I'm limiting the scope of these remarks strictly to CREATINE HYDROCHLORIDE. Mixed in water, it creates the equivalent of diluted STOMACH ACID, and this can DEFINITELY cause tooth damage over time, depending greatly on how much CrHCl is mixed in with the water.
If you're going to use CrHCl in bulk powder form, you should DEFINITELY use LOTS of water when you mix it.
Myself, my teeth are already in rough shape, so I'm just not going to leave it to chance. I'm going to make capsules, and take them with my pre- and post-workout mix, so that the additional acid in the stomach doesn't cause a risk of ulcers.