Is the Beverage to Blame? Sports Drinks May Not Be Causing Those Cavities
Erosion, decay, acid, damage. These were the words splashed across the Google results page after we searched, “sports drinks and teeth.”
Though it’s true they can harm your teeth, the same is true of your habits. A few mistakes we all may be making include:
• Assuming They’re For You
Intensity is everything. If you’re an athlete or partake in prolonged physical activity, you’ll benefit from swigging a sports drink. Intense workouts deplete your body’s resources and overall energy. Sports drinks fight fatigue and supercharge stamina with electrolytes and carbohydrates.
Remember — water is (almost) always the winner. Unsure of which beverage is best for your athletic activity? Use this guide to determine your drink destiny.
• Consuming Them Wrong
While it’s true sugared drinks can cause cavities, how and when you drink makes a huge difference. Make sure to take a sip of water after consuming sports drinks. The water helps to wash away plaque-causing bacteria. You can also try drinking with a straw to minimize teeth contact.
• Abusing Them
If you are constantly snacking on sweets or sipping a sweet beverage, your teeth are exposed to acid all day long. When sugar sits on your teeth for long periods of time, you’re prone to decay.
As with everything, moderation is key. Sip sports drinks occasionally and brush after consumption.
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