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How Do Sports Drinks Affect Your Oral Health?

May 29th, 2019

Sports drinks are a popular choice for during or after a workout. They use electrolytes to increase your energy and maintain our hydration levels. While they can be beneficial to recover from a workout or playing a sport, they should be consumed in moderation. 

There are lots of sugar and sodium in these sports drinks that can increase the chances of tooth decay. The sugar in these sports drinks can coat the teeth in unhealthy acids and ultimately form plaque on the surface of your teeth. The plaque on your teeth can eventually lead to tooth decay. 

Other than cutting sports drinks out of your diet, there are things that you can do to protect your oral health. You can chew sugar-free gum, which can help build healthy saliva and protect your mouth. You can also aim to brush an hour after drinking a sports drink in order to remove some of the sugar. It is important to wait a little bit to brush after consuming – brushing too soon can push harmful acids between your teeth, which can make it hard to remove. 

If you have any questions about the effects of sports drinks on your oral health, feel free to give us a call TODAY at 705-749-0133

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