The Effects of Sports Drinks on Your Teeth
Was your New Year’s resolution for 2018 to regularly exercise, to run your first half marathon, or to finally use that CrossFit gym voucher (redeemable any time of the year) your friend gave you for Christmas? That’s great, then, if you’ve taken your first few steps and are still committed to staying fit.
However, let’s hope you haven’t started the habit of taking sports and energy drinks. Why? Because sports and energy drinks (just like soda or carbonated drinks as well as sugary fruit juices) do not, in any way, benefit your health — and especially not your teeth.
To talk about the effects of sports drinks on your teeth, we’ve enlisted the help of a dentist in Indianapolis. So read well, and listen good.
Why do people take energy and sports drinks?
Most people, especially teenagers and young adults, take energy or sports drinks the quick but short-lived burst of energy they deliver.
Those who prefer sports or energy drinks take them for the same reason why some people cannot live without 3-5 cups of coffee in a day, as well as those who drink carbonated beverages as if they were water. Taking them regularly makes them highly addictive.
What are the effects of sports drinks on your teeth?
The bad effects are numerous, and usually stem from one or two main qualities of sports and energy drinks: They are acidic and high in sugar.
Drinking such beverages means you are actually bathing your teeth in a highly acidic substance. Which wears away or destroys the naturally occurring enamel which functions as the protective barrier of, teeth. In this case tooth enamel – once lost – is lost forever. You cannot regrow it, nor can it be repaired.
Losing your tooth enamel is no joke. In fact, one study discussed in the US National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health states that “Non-cola drinks, commercial lemonades, and energy/sports drinks showed the most aggressive dissolution effect on dental enamel.”
What happens if your tooth enamel gets badly damaged?
If the tooth enamel is worn, your teeth become sensitive. Therefore, you’re prone to decay and discoloration – in short, you can really lose your teeth! Your dentist may then recommend using a crown or veneer to protect the rest of your teeth.
So, to avoid ruining your precious tooth enamel, stay away from sports and energy drinks and hydrate with water instead. Check out our blog to learn more interesting oral health topics.