To which sort of beverage do you often turn first when packing a cooler for your kid’s hockey game or heading to the gym? You likely use sports drinks for hydration purposes, just as other athletes do. Some of these beverages may really be detrimental to your oral health, contrary to popular belief.
More Harmful than Pop
Did you know that the artificial sweeteners and sugars included in sports drinks cause the same rise in tooth decay that the increasing use of soda does? According to research published in General Dentistry, the high acidity of energy and sports drinks starts to erode teeth after just five days of daily use.
Sports beverages have been linked to tooth decay and the loss of a smile in otherwise healthy, physically active people who pay close attention to their diets. Some of the healthiest individuals we encounter at the dentist may have the worst cases of tooth decay.
The Peril of Fluids and Why They Must Be Avoided
Even the tiniest crevices and interdental spaces are completely smothered with liquid. These are the places where the acids may lurk for a long time, only to be replaced by new acids every time you drink. Rapid degeneration occurs with regular use. The acidity of sports drinks is comparable to that of [soda].
Should You Use Sports Drinks to Rehydrate?
Studies have shown that sports drinks aren’t necessary for rehydration unless you’re exercising at a professional or Olympic level. Water, rather than other beverages, is the recommendation of experts. To put it simply, the only time you should drink anything other water is if you are engaging in really strenuous physical activity.
Water is not only the most accessible means of hydration, but also a source of fluoride. Water consumption has been linked to better dental hygiene because it removes acidic biofilm. Use plenty of water to wash the taste of sports drinks out of your mouth after your exercise if you must. Because of this, your teeth will be protected from the acid’s effects for a shorter period of time.
Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time…. Floss everyday.
Change your toothbrush when it looks used.
Visit us every six months.
Eat a healthy diet.
Stay hydrated all day long, and don’t smoke.
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