Fairport, Pittsford and Rochester, NY
Summer is almost in full swing, which means sweat, sweat, and more sweat! You can hardly enjoy the outdoors without sweating, whether you are playing sports, mowing the lawn, or enjoying a picnic, it is hot out! People often grab either energy or sports drinks to refuel. Here’s why that is not a good idea.
These beverages are high in sugar, much higher than juice and soda even. They reek havoc on your teeth by causing irreversible damage. The high acid levels in sports and energy drinks can erode your tooth enamel, the shiny outer surface of your teeth. As the enamel wears thin, teeth become much more susceptible to decay, as well as sensitivity.
A recent study took into account 13 different sports drinks and nine energy drinks. One of the first findings was that the levels of acid widely varied between brands, and even between different flavours of the same brand. To assess the damage these drinks cause to teeth, human tooth enamel was submerged into a sample of each beverage for 15 minutes. Then, the tooth enamel was placed in artificial saliva for two hours.
Scientists repeated this cycle four times a day for five days. At the conclusion of the study, results revealed irreversible damage. In fact, energy drinks damaged teeth twice as much as sports drinks.
Although the American Beverage Association (ABA) took note of the study by stating that people do not hold a beverage in their mouth for 15 minutes at a time and that the result is in no way a representation of reality. They further pointed out that dental hygiene, genetics, and nutrition also play a significant role in one’s oral health.
Yes, of course, other factors contribute to one’s oral health. The point being that drinking energy and sports drinks bathe your teeth with sugar and acids. Although it may not cause damage within a few days, or with the occasional drink, consuming these beverages long-term can pose a risk for patients.
There are certainly other ways to maintain hydration during the summer heat. Coconut water or electrolyte-infused water can be better alternatives if you are looking for ways to refuel without all the added sugar and acid. Obviously, plain water would also be a good choice.
You can also turn to fruits and vegetables with a high juice content such as strawberries, oranges, celery, carrots, and the like.
For more ways to protect your oral health, or to schedule an appointment, contact Pittsford Dental Excellence Center today at (585) 248-2575. We welcome patients of Fairport, Pittsford, and the greater Rochester NY area.