Sports Drinks And Your Oral Health

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Any drink with added sugar, even fruit juices, can cause tooth decay and send you to a local dentist. Palmetto Dental Associates in North Myrtle Beach talk about Sports Drinks and your Oral Health and how it might affect you. Sugar can turn into acids in your mouth which slowly wear down your teeth. Before you realize, the bacteria and acids in your teeth work together to break down your tooth’s protective layer. This is how cavities and tooth decay form. However, if you drink sports drinks and energy drinks with added sugar, can they be okay in moderation?

Should You Drink Sports Drinks During Exercise?

Along with added sugar, sports drinks also incorporate large amounts of carbs, minerals, electrolytes, and flavoring. This may sound good, but it may do more harm than you realize. Unless you are exercising for an extended period of time such as more than one hour at a time, these added items do not need to be replaced in your body with sports drinks. Actually, you do not sweat enough during shorter periods of exercise to need these extra vitamins. While playing a field sport, or exercising less than one hour, it is best to drink water. This will limit the sugar on your teeth. If you want a sugary drink during a meal opt for a juice or low-fat milk instead of a sports drink.

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Can Energy Drinks Hurt You?

Some energy drinks have as much caffeine in one can as 14 cans of soda. Other stimulants that are in energy drinks are guarana and taurine. Experts say that young children should not consume these stimulants, even in soda, because it can be harmful to their health. Although, adults should avoid drinking these items to keep the health of the teeth. However, if you do drink an energy drink, here is the best way to limit the damage to your oral health. First, drink through a straw, swallow right away, rinse your mouth with water after taking a sip, chew sugar-free gum to make more saliva, and lastly, wait at least one hour to brush your teeth. Although, the best advice is to stop drinking energy drinks.

Are Sports or Energy Drinks To Blame For Cavities?

No, although they do make them worse, they are not the only reason that a person may develop a cavity. Oral hygiene routines such as, brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing once a day, are big factors in the health of your teeth. Also, you should visit Palmetto Dental Associates every six months for a cleaning and an exam to monitor the progress and health of your teeth. In addition to limiting sports and energy drinks, it is also import to limit other sugary or starchy foods. These will also wear down your enamel, which can cause tooth decay.  

Drinking sports drinks may add sugar to your diet which could lead to cavities. Once a hole forms, Dr. Hortman will fill it to stop further damage. Limiting sugars in your diet along, such as sports drinks, along with practicing good oral health will improve your smile.  For more information or to plan your next visit to Palmetto Dental Associates, call us today at (843)-399-2525.