Saturday, May 5, 2012

Do Sports Drinks Damage Your Teeth?

A recent study that was featured in the May/June 2012 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, outlined a startling relationship between an increase in drinking sports and energy drinks, especially among adolescents, and irreversible damage to teeth. This relationship was even more prominent when there were high acidity levels in the drinks, which can erode tooth enamel.

The researchers found evidence of damage to tooth enamel after as little as five days of exposure to sports or energy drinks, although energy drinks showed a much higher potential to damage teeth than sports drinks. Energy drinks appeared to cause almost twice the damage to teeth as sports drinks did. After reviewing this data, they recommend that patients not brush their teeth within an hour of drinking sports and energy drink. Brushing may potentially increase the erosion process.

So the next time you reach for that energy drink, maybe consider a healthier alternate like good old fashioned cold water combined with a quick exercise burst to enhance your energy naturally. Contact us to learn more about dental health and caring for your teeth.

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