In recent years people have started consuming more sports and energy drinks. While these drinks may seem harmless, researchers from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) published a 2012 study indicating that the increased consumption of sports and energy drinks along with a decrease in water consumption may be leading to a greater risk for cavities. Keep reading to learn more about the potentially negative impact of sports and energy drinks on oral health and how you can maintain your healthiest smile.
High Sugar & Acid Content
Many people have kicked the old offenders like colas to the curb in favor of sports and energy drinks that they think are better for their health. Unfortunately, these sports and energy drinks are just as sugary and acidic as sodas. When the researchers at the AGD tested the effects of these drinks on teeth, the tested tooth enamel began to weaken after just five days of testing, which included soaking the tooth in sports or energy drinks for 15 minutes at a time four times a day. While energy drinks caused twice as much damage as sports drinks, both types of beverages weakened the enamel, putting teeth at risk for decay.
Preventing Dental Damage
The easiest way to prevent dental damage is to avoid or limit consumption of these beverages. Additionally, you should consume these drinks quickly rather than sipping them, which exposes the teeth to higher levels of acid. You should also make sure you’re drinking plenty of water to rinse the sugary beverages off of your teeth. Make sure to brush thoroughly at least two minutes at a time twice a day and floss daily. Most importantly, visit our team twice each year for dental exams and professional teeth cleanings. During these appointments, we’ll not only provide thorough professional dental exams and teeth cleanings, but we’ll also review your at-home oral hygiene routine to ensure you’re making the most of your dental care outside of the office.
Meet the Avanti Dentistry Team
At Avanti Dentistry, we’re dedicated to preventive dentistry. At the end of the day, we know you’re going to continue drinking your sports and energy drinks. Our job is to help you understand the impact of these drinks on your oral health and how you can avoid potential oral health issues. Whether it’s been six months or six years since your last dental appointment, it’s time to call our dental office in Tysons to schedule your preventive dental appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile you’ll be proud to share in any personal or professional situation.