Beware Sports Drinks & Cavities!

Beware Sports Drinks & Cavities!

Sports drinks have high sugar and acid content. They have the ability to dissolve even fluoride-rich enamel, which can lead to cavities. Dr. Espinosa has seen many teenagers that have been cavity free, present with cavities between their back teeth after incorporating sports drinks into their re-hydration practice during daily sports. Year round competitive sports and heavy mouth breathing during practice and activities enhance the frequency and effects of sports drinks on teeth. To minimize dental problems, children should avoid sports drinks and hydrate with water before, during and after sports. Water enriched with electrolytes without added flavor and sweeteners are the best alternative to sports drinks.

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