Sports Drinks and Your Teeth

Sports Drinks and Your Teeth

Recent studies have shown that the consumption of sports drinks can have damaging effects on your teeth.

There is a high dosage of acidity and sugars in these drinks that is linked to weakening the enamel. This can eventually lead to tooth erosion, hypersensitivity and severe staining. Once the enamel becomes damaged the effects are irreparable. The teeth become weakened and more susceptible to growing cavities.

Although we know completely eliminating sports drinks from your daily consumption may be impossible. There are a few steps that can be taken in order to decrease the negative side effects.

  1. Rinse after you drink

After consuming a sports drink make sure to rinse your mouth out with water immediately. This will prevent any excess liquid (containing acidity) from resting on your teeth too long. This will make a big difference in the long run.

2. Wait before brushing

It is also recommended to hold of from brushing your teeth for about an hour. This helps to decrease the amount acid (from the sports drink) around the other teeth.

Although these steps may not seem effective at first, in the long run they will make a huge difference.

Have you experience any sensitivity in your teeth after consuming sports drinks? Share with us your experience in the comments below.

For dental concerns, call Pearl Dental Care at (909) 606-9907 today.

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