Are sports drinks harmful to my child's teeth?
Sports drinks contain high levels of acid and sugar content causing erosion of enamel, the outermost layer of the tooth. As the enamel wears thin, teeth come more susceptible to decay and sensitivity. Children should avoid sports drinks and hydrate with water to minimize dental problems, sports drinks can be as bad as soda for your teeth!
If a sports drink is consumed to replace lost electrolytes after physical activity or exercise, below are some tips to help reduce teeth damage:
* limit frequency
* use a straw to minimize contact with the teeth
* swallow immediately and do not swish around
If you have dental concerns or questions related to sports drink consumptions, please contact our office.