Sports drinks are used by thousands of young athletes, looking to improve their sports performance, however, anyone using sports drinks regularly should be careful, as they could be doing irreversible harm to their teeth.
Why are they harmful?
Some sports drinks contain high levels of sugar, and they are very acidic. Sugar is harmful, as it causes tooth decay by feeding harmful bacteria.
One way that sports drinks improve performance is by loading your body with sugar, which quickly releases energy, which is useful during sport.
This kind of tooth decay is only half the problem.
Acid erosion is probably a bigger problem, as it happens instantly when you have these drinks. As soon as acid hits your tooth, it starts to destroy the enamel, which is the shiny, white surface of the tooth. Once this is gone, it will never grow back!
Most people think that sports drinks are healthy, and better than other carbonated drinks, however, in reality, they are just as bad
What Can I Do To Minimise The Problem?
Firstly, reduce the number of these drinks you have. You should get energy from a well balanced diet, and not from a quick sugar rush.
If you have to have these drinks, you can minimise damage by chewing sugar free gum, this increases the protective role of your saliva, and helps neutralise harmful acids.
Do NOT brush your teeth after having a drink, you should either rinse with water, or a mouthwash that contains Fluoride. You should only brush one hour after having the drink.
If you are concerned about any harm that may have been caused, you should see a good dentist straight away, and find the best solution for you.