You might already suspect that sports drink and energy drinks have a high amount of sugar, but you might also be under the impression that they are not nearly as bad for you as drinking soda. You are not alone in this; in fact, many people believe that sports drinks are better for the body than soda. But the truth is, sports drinks and energy drinks may in fact be worse for your teeth then drinking a soda.
Energy drinks and sports drinks launch twofold attacks against your teeth. They both contain sugar and acid. Despite the fact that energy drinks may have half the sugar of a soda, many of the popular energy drinks on the market today have the same amount of sugar that soda does if not more. In addition to this, many sports drinks and energy drinks are full of acid, which do more damage to your enamel than a traditional soda.
The Academy of General Dentistry has researched tooth enamel and the effects that popular sport and energy drinks have. The results of the studies indicate that within five days of consuming energy drink or sports drink, there is significant enamel damage.
The market demand for these energy drinks has tripled over the last few years, and now teens and young adults are drinking energy drinks and sports drinks more than ever. In spite of their popularity, it is nonetheless important to realize the real dangers. If you think that you have already experienced dental damage because of these drinks, it is important that you contact your dentist and see how they can help.
There are some tips and tricks that you can use to minimize the damage that these drinks cause.
- Rinse your mouth out with water after consuming energy drink. Alternatively, you can chew sugar-free gum. Either move will rebalance the pH level in your mouth, which then counteracts the acid from the drink. Do not brush your teeth for quite some time after you drink the energy drink because your enamel is still soft from the acid and if you brush immediately, you can damage your enamel even more.
- Drink your sports drink or your energy drink prior to being dehydrated, not after. This way you can get the saliva you need to protect your teeth. Try and drink it all at once. Try and stick to a healthier option when you are not working out. Sports drinks and energy drinks are intended to rehydrate your body when you were working hard such as when you are at the gym or when you are playing sports. If you are not active, try drinking water instead.
Remember to regularly brush and floss your teeth in conjunction with visits to your dentist. For more information, contact your dentist about how to maintain regular dental care and hygiene.
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