Are Sports Drinks Harming Your Teeth?

Jan 21st, 2012 | By | Category: More dental news, Preventive Dentistry

Perhaps you just played a round of basketball and reached for an ice-cold sports drink to quench your thirst. Everyone tells us that we lose electrolytes when we sweat and that proper hydration is important for our bodies to function properly. Most of us believe we are making a healthy decision by buying sports drinks instead of sodas. However, a recent study indicates that drinking a sports drink regularly is actually very damaging to your teeth.

How Can a Sports Drink Damage My Teeth?

These types of beverages have a low pH level. This means that sports drinks are very acidic. Over time, when your teeth are exposed to unnatural levels of acidity, it can lead to enamel loss and erosion. Weakened enamel leaves your teeth open to attack from harmful bacteria that can thrive in the crevices of your mouth. Furthermore, if the root of your tooth is exposed, you run the risk of etching and erosion of the dentin layer of your teeth. 

Why is Enamel Loss Such a Bad Thing?

The enamel layer around your tooth acts as a guardian for the structures on the inside. Enamel loss leaves your teeth vulnerable to many potentially painful and costly dental problems. Most importantly, enamel is not a living tissue like the rest of your tooth. Once enamel is damaged, lost, or eroded, it can’t come back.

Are There any Other Harmful Ingredients in Sports Drinks?

In addition to its acidity, many sports drinks have a high sugar content. Sugary foods and beverages contribute to tooth decay. This combination of sugar and acid is especially dangerous to your teeth.

Instead of grabbing a sports drink, our professional team at Hilltop Family Dental recommends that our patients consume plenty of water throughout the day. Not only is water a great hydrator, but it also helps dilute the sugary and acidic particles in your mouth. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, it’s time to schedule a dental checkup! To schedule an appointment with Dr. Stefan Moiceanu, contact our Richmond dentist office at (510) 758-7222. We happily serve patients in Richmond, San Pablo, Pinole, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Hercules, Vallejo, and Benicia.

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