This winter, as you gear up for hitting the slopes or watching your child’s basketball game, be mindful of the beverages you choose to refuel. Although great for a potential boost, sports drinks may have hidden consequences for your teeth.
Sports drinks are an integral part of the American athlete’s psyche and are considered a safe and even positive factor. A study in General Dentistry has revealed that this may not be the whole truth.
A sports drink, often sold as a healthier substitute for fizzy sodas, offer to improve the performance of a person consuming it by bringing about an increase in energy levels. Few realize that these energy drinks and sports drinks have such high levels of acids in them that they are actually detrimental to the health of your teeth.
When these drinks are being consumed regularly, the acid begins playing havoc on teeth in as little as five days. When enamel isn’t at full strength, your teeth are more prone to tooth decay and even sensitivity. Around 30 to 50 percent of American youth are regular consumers of these sports and energy drinks, with around 62 percent of this populace consuming at least one drink a day. As you and your children compete in sports in this winter, be sure you consume sports drinks responsibly to avoid potential dental hazards.
The American Beverage Association challenged the way the study was conducted, countering that the 15-minute intervals used for immersion of teeth in sports drinks hardly corresponds with real time use. The ABA also blamed other factors such as dietary habits, personal hygiene, lifestyle, and even genes for tooth decay.
What do you think? Have you had any issues with sports drinks and your teeth? Is it a non-issue? Let us know!