Sports and Energy Drinks

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Just went for a long run and reaching for that yummy energy drink to recharge.  Think again. You may be bathing your teeth in acid!

A recent study published in the Journal of General Dentistry raised a huge red flag.  The growing trend among adolescents and young adults in particular to consume energy and sports drinks may be responsible for increased dental problems.  These groups consume such beverages to amplify athletic performance and energy.  They see them as healthier choices than soda.

This study compared thirteen different brands of energy and sports drinks.  After just five days of exposure four times per day for 15 minutes, researchers were able to detect damage to the enamel of the teeth. This was attributed to the high acidity levels of the drinks.  With the breakdown of the enamel, teeth are more likely to decay.

What’s a jock to do? If you just can’t give up your sports drink, there are precautions that you can take.  First, limit your intake of these drinks and rinse your mouth with water immediately after consuming one.  Drinking water will restore your mouth to the normal pH level more quickly.  Sugarless gum may also aid in increased saliva production which will also help this. Good substitutes are natural juices and coconut water, known for its excellent re-hydrating ability.

So, just “do it”!  Exercise that is.