People of all ages have been enjoying energy and sports drinks for a long time. While sports drinks are supposed to replenish and rehydrate the body, they have a few health risks that don’t get much attention. Most of us know soda is bad for us, but what about energy and sports drinks?
Acidic Drinks and Tooth Decay
The problem with drinks like these is that they have a very high acid content. The acid from just one drink immediately begins eroding the enamel on your teeth. Recent research found that the damage the acid causes to enamel becomes apparent just five days after drinking an acidic beverage. Unfortunately, this damage is irreversible. Once the enamel starts to erode, it can quickly lead to tooth decay, cavities, and extractions.
Mitigating Risk Factors
Researchers also found that the damage is exacerbated in people under 20 who grind their teeth and may have early signs of acid reflux. These three factors significantly increase the risk of major damage. Children should be encouraged to get their energy from naturally occurring sources, such as fresh fruit. If you do choose to drink acidic beverages, rinse your mouth with water afterward, and wait an hour before brushing your teeth.