Posted on 9/10/2019 by Robert Leale
|Beginning around 1985, sports drinks began to emerge as the “healthy” choice of refreshment for people who were interested in pursuing an active lifestyle.
Without mentioning the brand names, virtually everybody can recall commercials for sports drinks, which suggested that drinking them was an important part of a healthy lifestyle. The unfortunate truth, however, is that these types of drinks might not be nearly as healthy as you may think, especially when it comes to protecting your teeth.
Sugary Drinks Damage Your TeethFor one thing, sports drinks often contain excessive levels of sugars. Billed as “electrolytes” by sports drinks manufacturers, the sugars are pretty much the same thing that you would get from drinking soda or some other similar drink.
Aside from the damage they can wreak on your health, remember that sugary drinks harm your teeth. The increased levels of sugar will act to boost the levels of harmful bacteria in your mouth, leading to increased tooth decay.
Acid and Your EnamelAnother issue with sports drinks is the citric acid that so many of them contain. This acid can literally strip away the protective enamel from your teeth, leading to increased rates of tooth decay and even an elevated risk of chipping or cracking your teeth.
Replacing Other DrinksFinally, another reason to avoid sports drinks is that, when reaching for one, you are neglecting to drink some other liquid that would be better for your teeth. For example, if instead of drinking some water—which would be useful to wash away harmful bacteria and elevated sugars in your mouth—you drink a sports drink, then you have lost the benefit you would have gotten but for drinking the sports drink.
So, the next time you are thirsty, you might want to think twice about the sports drink. Your teeth will thank you.