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Sports Drinks – good or bad for your teeth?

With warmer weather here, it is common to reach for a sports drink to quench your thirst. Sports drinks are a popular way to combat dehydration in summer temperatures, but the sugar and acid can wreak havoc on your teeth.

Sports drinks—which contain carbohydrates, minerals, electrolytes and flavoring—are intended to replace water and electrolytes lost through sweating during exercise. Sports drinks can be helpful for athletes engaged in prolonged, vigorous physical activities, but in most cases they are unnecessary and drinking plain water will suffice.

Drinks/Foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay. When teeth are not cleaned after drinking/eating, plaque bacteria in the mouth use the sugar to produce acids that can destroy the hard surface of the tooth, called enamel. After a while, tooth decay occurs. When teeth come in frequent contact with soda pop, juice drinks, sports drinks and beverages with added sugars, the risk of decay increases.  So if you choose a sports drink, it is best to rinse with plain water after consuming.

Burns Family Dentistry wishes everyone a happy, healthy summer!  Stay hydrated 🙂 and remember, summer is a great time to book dental appointments for your kids so they do not have to miss school or try to schedule around other activities.  For more information about our staff/services, visit us at Burns Family Dentistry!