It is summer and it’s hot, but plenty of people still want to exercise or play sports outside. While water is always the best at hydrating, sports drinks continue to be a popular option. Sports drinks are capable of hydrating athletes due primarily to their electrolyte content. However, in addition to electrolytes, sports drinks are high in sugars and acids that can cause serious harm to your teeth.
Studies have found that the acids in sports drink weaken enamel and cause teeth to become more porous. The effects of this include an increased risk for common dental problems such as severe staining, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
Minimizing Tooth Staining
The best way to avoid the adverse effects of sports drinks is to refrain from consuming them. Rehydration following exercise can be accomplished using water alone, but men and women who exercise very hard may want to replace electrolytes quickly. If you feel you need to increase your electrolyte intake, try an electrolyte powder or a drink with less sugar and no acids such as coconut water.
Hydrating before exercise is always better than trying to rehydrate after, and it has been shown that drinking at least 32 ounces of water an hour or so in advance of any strenuous activity has positive effects on how people feel post exercise.
If you have serious staining from sports drinks, Dr. Whitmore and his team can help remove those stains and restore your teeth to their absolute whitest. If sports drinks have caused tooth decay, your teeth may be strengthened with a, such as a dental crown or tooth bonding. The solution best suited to meet your needs will be determined during your initial consultation.
If you want to address ways to brighten stained teeth, contact Janet or Rachel at Whitmore Dental to arrange a consultation by calling Whitmore Dental at 877-779-4486. We are conveniently located at 5932 West Parker Road, Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093.