The advertising for sports drinks make them sound like they are the best things for your body. They look like they provide essential things to keep your body hydrated and working the way it should.
They do show the ways that sports drinks can damage the health of your body. In particular, they do not talk about the harm sports drinks do to your oral health. Learning some of these things could give you reasons to skip the sports drinks and to look for another way to hydrate your body.
The Purpose of Sports Drinks
People turn to sports drinks to help replace the electrolytes their body loses during exercise. The sports drinks can help prevent dehydration. They also have carbohydrates in them. The carbohydrates can provide energy for the body as it uses up whatever it had stored in it.
Because of what the sports drinks can add to the body, they are often the first thing that athletes turn to. Drinking down a big 20-ounce sports drinks can help a body restore itself and can keep an athlete going.
The Problem of Sports Drinks
The problem with sports drinks is not that they can provide energy or that they can prevent dehydration. It is the way they do it. The carbohydrates that are in sports drinks often come from high fructose corn syrup and sugars. It is these ingredients that may do more harm than good. The sugars promote the growth of bacteria on the teeth and gums. That bacteria can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Kids and adults also drink more of the sports drinks than their body needs. The sweet flavor is something that kids crave and the sugars in the drinks stick to their teeth. Because there are other, healthier options to remain hydrated and to provide energy, it is better to turn to them instead of the sports drinks.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
Century Dental Dr. Jefferson Call, DMD & Dr. Dix Densley, DDS