Summertime and Sports Drinks
Summertime and Sports Drinks Can Take a Toll on Teeth
People who are just trying to stay cool during the summer months or are active in summer sports are consuming lemonade and sports drinks at a considerable rate. High energy and sports drinks are often used to rehydrate after exercising or replacing body fluids. Recent studies have found that popular sports drinks and beverages can cause irreversible damage to the dental enamel resulting in long-term dental problems.
Does what I drink matter?
According to a recent study in the Academy of General Dentistry’s clinical journal, tooth enamel damage caused by non-cola and sports beverages is 3 to 11 times greater than from cola-based drinks. The beverages that were cited as causing the most significant concern include lemonade, energy drinks, and sports drinks, followed by supplemented fitness water, iced tea and cola beverages.
To avoid having this problem :
*Rinse your mouth with water for 30 seconds to dilute sugar and acids
*Drink water or low-fat milk in place of acidic beverages
*Use a straw positioned to the back of your mouth to limit the contact of acids and sugars with your teeth
*Drink fluoridated water and brush with fluoride toothpaste to help remineralize the teeth
*Limit your intake of sports and soft drinks
Even though the summer heat appears to be the perfect time to increase one’s consumption of sports and soft drinks, lemonade, ice tea, and other summertime beverages, there are important indications that what we drink may have a dramatic effect on the health of your teeth. Read labels. Remember that dental erosion is irreversible.
***ARTICLE COURTESY OF DELTA DENTAL OF MI***