There’s a lot to be said for staying hydrated, and this is especially true if you’re exercising or playing sports. And a late night of studying or working might seem to go better with a liquid boost of energy. There situations seem tailor-made for sports or energy drinks, and thanks to lots of clever advertising and marketing, they’re both popular choices for many children, teens and adults.
Thankfully, however, most of know better these days. Studies are showing us that any benefits these drinks may provide are outweighed by the health problems they can cause, especially when it comes to oral health. If you’re in doubt, talk to us about sports and energy drinks at your next appointment. Make yours today by calling: (304) 754-8803.
Sports and energy drinks can cause irreversible tooth damage
Kids often consume these drinks thinking that they can improve sports performance and/or energy levels. What sports and energy drinks do best is erode tooth enamel, basically by bathing teeth with acid. Damage to tooth enamel is irreversible, and without its protection, teeth can become:
- Overly sensitive
- Prone to decay and cavities
Not all the side effects of energy drinks are noticeable
Many teens outgrow their fondness for sports drinks late in high school. But the dentistry academy has estimated that half of all U.S. teenagers consume energy drinks, and many drink one or more every day. They may notice that they feel anxious or even experience the sensation of a racing heart or insomnia, but most aren’t even aware of the damage these drinks are causing to their teeth and gums.
Believe it or not, it’s better to chew gum
Kids need to be encouraged to reduce or discontinue their consumption of sports and energy drinks. It can start with parents not making them available at soccer games, birthday parties or in the fridge. And you can encourage your kids to chew sugar-free gum or rinse out their months with water after, if they do drink them. This will increase saliva flow, which can help return the mouth to a healthy, normal acidity level.