Oral Health: Sports Drinks and Tooth Decay

Monday, August 14, 2017
Did you know that almost 9 out of every 10 adolescents ages 12-14 consume performance sports beverages (Gatorade and Powerade)? Out of this group, almost 70% of them report drinking these beverages at least once a week, and sometimes on a daily basis. While these beverages restore electrolytes, give you an energy boost, and refresh you, they are terrible for your oral health. Performance beverages are typically loaded with sugars, syrups, and acid that wreak havoc on your teeth and cause a ton of tooth decay.
Tooth Decay
 
What should you drink instead?
While you exercise, it is recommended to drink water to replace what you are losing. Water is great for replenishing your body and will keep you safe at the same time! Water does not contain any acid or sugars. 
Unfortunately for the health of teenagers’ teeth, the popularity of sports beverages seems to be steady. The largest target market for the companies that make these drinks are teenagers who are involved with sports. These companies rely heavily on branding, sponsorships, endorsement deals, and flashy advertising to captivate their young audience. 
Why is tooth decay an issue?
Your overall health starts in your mouth—there is no debating this at all—and, in a recent study performed in the U.K., it was found that the leading cause of hospital admission amongst children was tooth-related issues. 
The best way to help cut back on tooth decay is to limit the amount of sugary and acidic drinks that children and teenagers are consuming. By replacing these sugary drinks with tap water, they can keep their mouths healthy and their tooth enamel strong. In the US, tap water is much healthier to consume than bottled water for your oral health, thanks to water fluoridation.

Are you in need of a dentist?

Another great way to deter cavities is to maintain regular dental appointments. If you are in the Delaware, OH area and are in need of a dentist, feel free to contact us today.

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