Exercise Caution – Rehydrate with Water

You’re running hard. Driving to the net. Acing your backhand. Careening down a hill at top speed. Spiking the ball. And afterwards, you’re tempted to down a sports drink or two. But wait! Studies have illustrated the negative effects beverages can have on teeth … and sports drinks are a significant culprit.

One 8-ounce serving (less than a full bottle) of a sports drink can contain 15-18 grams of sugar. This sugar, not to mention the acids that are added to prolong shelf life, starts attacking teeth instantly. You may be wondering, what if teeth are brushed immediately after consuming a sports drink, won’t that help? Absolutely not! In fact, even more damage could be done if teeth are brushed right away. Sports drinks soften enamel and toothpaste can be abrasive to the weakened surface, stripping away even more surface structure. The best practice is to wait at least a half an hour after consumption of an acidic beverage, then brush.

What drinks are the worst for your teeth?

Here is a list, ranked in order from least harmful to most harmful:

  • water
  • milk
  • vegetable drinks
  • apple juice
  • orange juice
  • sports drinks
  • soda
  • grapefruit juice
  • lemonade

Teeth are the only part of the body that cannot self-regenerate or repair, so all damage done to teeth is serious. When you’re feeling the euphoria of exercise, exercise caution and reach for water. It’s a slam dunk!

*Article provided by PNP.