Are Sports and Energy Drinks Good for Your Teeth?

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After a workout at the gym or mowing the lawn, your electrolytes will be low, and you’ll definitely be feeling the other effects of all that exertion! So naturally, you will want to rehydrate, but the question is: with what? You may be tempted to reach for a sports drink right after your workout, and then maybe enjoy an energy drink on your way home from the gym or a little bit later in your day. While those drinks may make you feel refreshed, or give you an immediate boost, you may want to think twice about them.

Sports drinks and energy drinks are very high in acid. In fact, sports drinks contain more acid than soft drinks. Energy drinks, which often contain high levels of caffeine also contain acids as well, and because children and teens tend to drink them more frequently, and run the risk of enamel erosion, and the amount of caffeine is not healthy for young people. In some cases, an energy drink can contain up to 500 milligrams of caffeine. An occasional sports drink for an athlete who routinely expends a great deal of energy and effort may not cause a problem, but sports drinks and energy drinks should not be consumed on a regular basis. Since most people don’t take the time to read the ingredients of their favorite drink, and may not be aware of the amount of sugar they contain. Long-term exposure to sugar will definitely contribute to tooth decay.

The best thing to drink when you need a boost or a little hydration is water. Water will hydrate your body and your mouth, as well as wash away the food particles that can lead to tooth decay and bad breath. If you have questions about your diet and your oral health, or if it is just time for your regular cleaning and exam, our dentist, Dr. Bradley Bath will be happy to see you. If you live in the Evansville, Indiana, area and would like to make an appointment at Cross Pointe Dental, call 812-476-6064 today.