Re-Think Your Drink

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May 3rd, 2016



Calling all athletes and sports drink lovers!

It’s known that young adults consume sports drinks assuming that they will improve their sports performance and energy levels. And, most people think that sports drinks are healthier than soda. But, you might want to re-think your drink, as sports drinks are equivalent to bathing your teeth in acid and sugar.

Variety of energy drinks

Sports drinks are considerably high in sugar, and sugar is known to break down the enamel of teeth. High acidity levels in the drinks erode tooth enamel, the protective outer layer of teeth. According to a study done by the Academy of General Dentistry, the effects of acid on teeth were assessed by immersing samples of human tooth enamel in the sports beverage for 15 minutes. Prominent damage to the tooth enamel was evident after JUST FIVE DAYS of drinking the sports drink every day. Yikes!

Unfortunately, damage to tooth enamel is irreversible. Without the protection of enamel, teeth are more likely to develop cavities and decay. If you think you’re drinking something seemingly healthier than soda, you might want to think about the negative effects the sugar from the energy drinks can have on your teeth.

Other drinks that are culprits of putting your teeth at risk:

  • Orange juice
  • Apple juice
  • Lemonade
  • Coffee
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

So, what to do if you drink any of these drinks? Here are a few tips:

  • Drink water instead! (Tap water is best to get your daily dose of fluoride!)
  • If you do drink sports drinks or high-sugar drinks, brush your teeth after consuming
  • Chew sugar-free gum or rinse your month with water immediately after you finish your beverage

For more information on your oral health, visit DeltaDentalMN.org!

SOURCE: Academy of General Dentistry