How Sports Drinks Put Teeth at Risk

How Sports Drinks Put Teeth at Risk

What is so wrong about drinking Gatorade while you work out? The trend between consuming sports drinks and dental erosion among athletes may surprise you.

Many health-conscious individuals in the Norfolk area exercise regularly and many turn to sports drinks for hydration. While it is true that they help maintain electrolyte levels in the body (and pose fewer health threats than energy drinks), their acidity can wear away tooth enamel. And when tooth enamel erodes, those pearly whites are more susceptible to staining, discoloration, and decay.

4 Biggest Dental Health Issues among Athletes

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Enamel erosion
  • Infected wisdom teeth

Dental Health and Sports Drinks

Does Dental Erosion Affect Athletic Performance?

Believe it or not, the condition of your dental health can have a significant effect on your performance. Unfortunately, poor knowledge of the importance of dental health for athletes is contributing to the rise in dental issues.

It has been discovered that athletes with dental problems are likely to suffer difficulties eating and sleeping, systemic inflammation, pain, and a dent in their confidence, which could very well hurt their overall performance.

If you have diabetes, you need to monitor your mouth for symptoms of dental problems. The most recognizable signs of an issue with diabetes and oral health are red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums. If you have any worries about your diabetes and your teeth, call Family First Dental at (402) 644-3177 today to get your questions answered.

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Posted on: Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Last modified on: Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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