Punta Gorda, FL Dentist Discusses Harmful Effects of Sports Drinks
More people are turning to sports and energy drinks in an effort to boost performance. This is especially true among many adolescents. What they don’t realize is that these drinks are causing irreversible damage to the teeth.
Researchers have found that the acid levels in various sports and energy drinks vary but tend to be much higher than most any other kind of beverage which can be consumed. In just five days of testing, these drinks showed the ability to damage enamel in a significant way. Energy drinks were capable of producing damage at a much faster rate than sports drinks were, but they were both dangerous.
Symptoms of Eroding Enamel
If you consume energy or sports drinks, it is important that you notice the symptoms of eroding enamel on your teeth. The damage is irreversible so you want to act quickly on anything you are noticing.
Some of the common symptoms include:
• Dull colored teeth
• Sensitive to temperatures or foods
• More prone to cavities
• Cracks or chips in the teeth
Obviously, the best prevention would be to cease drinking energy or sports drinks altogether. While most people are unwilling to make that kind of change, there are other ways to help prevent dental erosion by producing more saliva. The two main ways to do this are by:
• Chewing sugar-free gum after drinking
• Rinsing the mouth completely with water after consumption
In addition, it is important to wait for at least one hour to brush your teeth after you drink energy or sports drinks. If you don’t wait, you have the potential to spread the acid around on the tooth’s surface and increase the erosive capability. In addition, you could opt to drink your beverages through a straw which would bypass some of the teeth and help you to protect them.
Whatever you choose to do, it is important that you continue taking proper care of your teeth. Brush twice a day, floss once and visit your Punta Gorda, FL dentist twice a year. This way, you can catch any problems before they become major complaints. Our office can be reached at (941) 639-8030.