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What Happens to Your Teeth When You Consume Sports Drinks?

Posted on 8/20/2018 by Office - Boone DMD
What Happens to Your Teeth When You Consume Sports Drinks?Sports drinks have been popular with athletes and people who are physically active for a long time. These drinks can replenish your body with important electrolytes on a hot summer afternoon, but there are some hidden ingredients that can be harmful to your teeth and body when used in excess.

Everything in moderation because what happens to your teeth when you consume sports drinks in excess can contribute to serious problems in the future.

What is In Sports Drinks?

A study published by General Dentistry -the clinical journal of the American Dental Association (ADA) - in 2012, found that consuming energy and sports drinks is causing irreversible damage to the teeth. This is due to the high acidity levels they contain, which erodes enamel, the strong outer layer of the teeth that protects them from decay.

The acidity comes from sugar, and according to the study, the levels at which the tooth enamel erodes when exposed to sports drinks just after a few days, was surprising. These drinks also contain food colorants that can stain your teeth if you consume them often. With lost enamel, comes teeth sensitivity, cavities, and other oral problems.

What Can You Drink Instead of Sports Drinks?

If you are concerned about what happens to your teeth when you consume sports drinks, you may be wondering what the alternatives are. At some point during intense training or a tournament, your body will need some electrolytes.

One of the most popular alternatives to sports drinks is coconut water, and according to a study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition in 2012, it comes packed with important nutrients and the much sought-after electrolytes. You can also complement the coconut water with a potassium-filled banana, raisins, or delicious chocolate milk.

If you are physically active, we have found some natural alternatives to sugary drinks that can give you the edge you need.

Margaret A. Boone, DMD
30485 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Suite 203
Wilsonville, OR 97070

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