Sports drinks are one of the worst things anyone can consume in terms of how much it can harm their oral health. However, there are specific times where people must drink sports drinks.
If that is your situation, then make sure you are drinking them properly. They can do a lot of damage in a relatively short amount of time, so don't take drinking them lightly.
How to Make Sure Sports Drinks Do Less DamageIf you workout regularly, are training for a marathon, or must work out under the hot summer sun, it may be necessary for you to drink sports drinks. If so, then make sure you let your dentist know. They can then help you keep a closer eye on your teeth for things like acid erosion and cavities.
Whenever you drink a sports drink, first, drink it down as quickly as you can. The faster it is done, the less time it has to damage your teeth. Ideally, you want to drink it in just a couple minutes, not slowly sip on it throughout the day. Second, chase it with water.
This helps reduce some of the acid that comes from the sports drink, so it cannot do as much damage to your teeth. Finally, make sure about a half-hour after consuming the sports drink that you brush your teeth as often as possible. If you do it sooner than a half hour, this can increase the damage done to your teeth, not help.
Talk to your dentist about your diet, including what you drink each day. They need to know if you regularly drink high-acid beverages, as that is the only way they know to begin looking for the earliest signs of acid-related problems. For those that do not actually need to drink sports drinks, it is best for your teeth that you avoid them.
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