Can Sports Drinks Really Cause Cavities?

Have you made a resolution to get in shape? Many people use the start of the new year as a chance to engage in healthy habits, including working out. However, before you grab a sports drink and head to the gym, we would like to talk about your cavity risk. Did you know that sports drinks can often lead to a greater risk of cavities?

Sports Drinks and Tooth Enamel

A layer of protective tooth enamel coats our teeth and protects them from harmful, decay-causing bacteria. However, should the enamel become weakened and erode, bacteria can bypass this protective layer, reaching the inner dentin and causing a cavity. We know that sodas and energy drinks contain a lot of sugar that helps lead to decay, but sports drinks are healthy, right?

While they can help you stay hydrated and have fun flavors, they also contain sugar, and even more harmful, a high level of acid. Eventually, the high acidic content of these drinks can increase the risk of tooth decay.

The Dry Mouth Connection

When we work out, we sweat. When we sweat, our entire body dries out, including our moth. Dry mouth means you don’t have the usual amount of saliva, which is your body’s way of cleansing the mouth of food particles and harmful bacteria. Dry mouth, combined with the high acidic content of sports drinks, makes for a dangerous combination.

Try Water!

What should you do? Well, try water! If you insist on consuming sports drinks, chase them with a glass of water to help remove the sugars and acids from your teeth. You can also cut back on sports drinks and opt for more water, as it contains no harmful sugars or acids and can also keep your hydrated. If you have any questions about protecting your smile, or if you would like to schedule an exam and cleaning, then please contact our office today.

Do You Need a Checkup?

Our team is available to help you enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile with quality dental treatment. To schedule an appointment, call Viva Dental Family Dentistry at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).