Say NO to sports drinks!
Sports drinks were designed to increase athletic endurance by elite athletes by maintaining blood glucose levels and increasing carbohydrate oxidation, not as a casual refreshment. It’s easy to forget that the phosphoric acids in a sports drink – as with all soft drinks – can result in erosion of the enamel on tooth surfaces. This creates tooth sensitivity, grooves, or notches in the sides of the teeth, worn down teeth, and yellowing. Since dental erosion is painless, we dentists are often the first to notice that damage has been done.
Sports Drink Facts
- Prolonged exercise means decreased saliva flow and loss of your natural buffer against acid.
- Increased athletic endurance and exposure to sports drinks without a buffer means a longer contact time between the drink and your teeth.
- Protracted exposure to acid over time will erode your teeth.
Save your tooth enamel. Please avoid or limit your consumption of sports drinks. Water is the refreshment of choice: it’s sugar-free, has no calories ... and hydrates beautifully!