Are Sports Drinks Bad for Your Smile?

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When playing outside or on a sports team, you want your kids to stay hydrated. Many parents provide their children with sports drinks, which claim to offer improved hydration and vital electrolytes. However, did you know that sports drinks can also lead to the onset of cavities?

Sports Drinks and Tooth Decay

A thin layer of enamel protects our teeth from decay-causing oral bacteria. Drinks high in sugar can lead to an elevation in oral acids, weakening this layer of enamel. Soon, the sensitive inner tooth structure becomes exposed to harmful oral bacteria and a cavity forms. Without treatment, cavities can spread, leading to infections that require root canal therapy or a potential extraction. Unfortunately, both sports drinks and energy drinks contain a lot of sugar, which kids are inadvertently coating their teeth with every time they take a swig of a popular sport drink.

Symptoms of a Cavity

How do you know if you have a cavity? Common symptoms of cavities include tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures and chronic toothaches. If you notice a toothache that persists after 48 hours, you should see your dentist right away. By catching cavities in the earliest stages, our Canyon Country dentist office can provide treatment with tooth-colored composite fillings and all-porcelain white crowns.

Smile Healthy Alternatives

What should you drink instead of a sports drink? Simple! Water. By drinking water you stay hydrated and don’t expose your teeth to harmful sugars and oral acids. In addition, you can reduce your risk of developing cavities with a few good dental habits, such as:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day
  • Flossing once a day
  • Undergoing checkup and dental cleaning once every six months
  • Cutting back on foods and drinks high in sugar and other starches

About Your Canyon Country Dentists

At A New Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at our Canyon Country office at (661) 251-0480. We proudly serve communities in Canyon Country, Santa Clarita, Castaic, and Stevenson Ranch.