Sports Drinks Can Harm Your Smile

sports drinkAs you are already aware, soft drinks can cause quite a lot of damage to your teeth. This isn’t to say you should avoid sodas entirely if you enjoy them. Rather, it is important to be aware that they can harm your enamel and maybe limit your intake. Similarly, sports drinks can cause just as much damage. This might come as a surprise because they are marketed to seem healthier, but in reality, they often contain a lot of sugar and harmful acids. Of course, they do have benefits for those who are active and frequently exert themselves, but you should be aware of their downsides. In today’s blog, your Vista, CA dentist talks about what causes sports drinks to hurt your smile and why you need to be extra vigilant with your preventative care when you consume them regularly.

Sugar, Sugar, Sugar

There’s no way around it: sports drinks contain a lot of sugar. Yes, many of them do contain helpful electrolytes and minerals like potassium that can help your body refuel after a particularly vigorous workout, but there is also an enormous amount of sugar in these brightly colored beverages. Sugar isn’t good for you in general, but it is particularly harmful to your teeth. The reason it is so bad is that it feeds a bacteria in your mouth that feeds on sugar and subsequently turns it into an acid that depletes your enamel. Overall sports drinks typically contain less sugar than soda, but the general image of them being healthy allows us to throw several bottles back without thinking twice about it. If you consume a lot of these on a regular basis and don’t practice adequate preventive care, like brushing flossing, and seeing your dentist regularly, your teeth could start experiencing decay.

Watch Out For Acids As Well

In addition to sugar, these beverages also contain a high quantity of citric acid. This damages your teeth by stripping away the enamel, which is the outer layer. When this occurs, your teeth become much more susceptible to decay — like cavities. If one does develop you will likely need a dental filling. In more severe cases, a tooth could even need to be extracted. Of course, this is a worst-case scenario, but it is important to be aware that this is a possibility. 

Additionally, acidic beverages can also cause discoloration and stains that, if they get bad enough, could require whitening or veneers to mask them. This can also occur with coffee and types of tea. Again, we are by no means advocating for you to cut these drinks out of your life completely. Rather, you should have the knowledge to understand the potential outcomes of excessive consumption. 

Contact Us To Learn More About Tooth Decay From Sports Drinks

Whether you suffer from damage caused by sports drinks, sodas, or anything else, we are here to help. To learn more, please schedule your next appointment with our team and contact Melrose Dental Arts in Vista, CA by calling 760-724-9117