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Sports Drinks and Teeth: Sports Drinks can Damage your Teeth

Sports Drinks and TeethSports Drinks and Teeth

Sports drinks are given to athletes to re-hydrate themselves after a long workout. These drinks are designed to replenish the lost energy and minerals while playing. Some people daily consume these drinks. A study published in General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry ‘s, a clinical and peer-reviewed journal, reports that

daily consumption of sports drinks can cause irreversible damage to one’s teeth.

Sports drinks contain high acidic levels that cause enamel erosion ultimately resulting in potential tooth decay. Enamel is a thin outer layer made up of hard tissue. It protects tooth shape and structure by protecting it from decay.

De Ginder, spokesperson of Academy of General Dentistry said that: “These findings are important and suggest that caution should be exercised when consuming popular sports beverages over long periods of time.”

Adding to it he said that: “We recommend altering or limiting the intake of soda and sports drinks and choosing water or low fat milk instead, to preserve tooth enamel and ultimately protect teeth from decay.”

How Athletes can reduce the Risk of Dental Damage Caused by Sports Drinks?

  • Aoid excessive consumption of sports drinks. Consume them in moderation.
  • Other soft drinks do cause tooth decay. So avoid excess consumption of these drinks too.
  • Avoid drinking sports drinks when they are warm that speeds up dental erosion. Drink them when they are cold.
  • Always use a straw to reduce contact between the drink and your teeth.
  • Dilute sports drinks with water and drink
  • Avoid holding the drink in your mouth for some time.
  • Never brush your teeth immediately after drinking a sports drink. The acid present in the drink makes your teeth softer and immediate brushing causes more dental erosion.
  • The Chicago Dental Society and dentists strongly suggest athletes to drink water as the logical thirst quencher.
  • Make sure to visit your dentist for dental check ups and cleaning twice a year

The above suggestions are not only for athletes. It is a common massage for all who consume excessive sports drinks.

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