Hidden Smile Danger: Sports Drinks
Sports drinks and energy drinks are very popular among all sorts of people (even non-athletes) and especially among teens. While some of these drinks can be natural with low amounts of sugar, the majority of sports and energy drinks are high in acidity and sugar. The combination of acid and sugar can be a dangerous duo for your teeth and gums. Drinking these types of drinks every day can be damaging to your smile. Many people who drink these types of drinks do so multiple times a day. The team at Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO wants to help keep your smile healthy.
Your mouth is like its own ecosystem that requires a good pH balance. A healthy smile is just slightly alkaline, which means consuming acidity can change the pH balance of the smile. Sports and energy drinks can introduce high acidity into the smile. To help keep the mouth balanced, you can follow some of the following advice. If you are drinking something acidic, drink it as quickly as you can. Sipping on it throughout the day can lengthen the amount of time your mouth is acidic. You can also drink water after you finish your acidic drink.
High acidity can lead to the erosion of your enamel. Enamel, unlike your skin or bones, cannot heal. Once enamel is destroyed, it can only be restored with the help of your dentist. Eroding enamel is a slow process where the enamel wears away to get thinner and weaker. Weakened enamel is more vulnerable to tooth decay or damage.
Both sports and energy drinks are very popular among teenagers. If you or your loved ones are drinking multiple sports or energy drinks per day, it is important to consider adjusting the habit for the health of your smile.