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What steps can keep tooth decay at bay when you drink sports drinks?

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Sports drinks shouldn’t replace water as your go-to thirst quencher, but you don’t have to cut them out completely. Take these steps to help keep tooth decay at bay:

  • Don’t brush right after you drink one. Acid in the drinks can soften your enamel. Brushing right away helps wear that enamel down.
  • Do keep your mouth moist and ensure your saliva is flowing. Spit zaps those acids, protects your tooth enamel, and fights off decay. A dry mouth makes it easier for trouble to start. If you’re having trouble with mouth moisture, talk to your doctor.

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Coombes, J. , April 2005. American Journal of Dentistry

Mary Hayes, DDS, Chicago; spokesperson for the American Dental Association.

Ace Fitness: “Understanding Replacement Options.”

Gatorade.com.

Coca-Cola: “Product Facts.”

Aas, J. , November 2005. Journal of Clinical Microbiology

Medical Microbiology, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Reddy, A. , April 2016. Journal of the American Dental Association

USA Today: “Chiseled body, chipping teeth: Energy gels, drinks wreak havoc.”

Mayo Clinic: “When and how often should you brush your teeth?”

 

 

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on May 31, 2018

SOURCES :  

Coombes, J. , April 2005. American Journal of Dentistry

Mary Hayes, DDS, Chicago; spokesperson for the American Dental Association.

Ace Fitness: “Understanding Replacement Options.”

Gatorade.com.

Coca-Cola: “Product Facts.”

Aas, J. , November 2005. Journal of Clinical Microbiology

Medical Microbiology, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Reddy, A. , April 2016. Journal of the American Dental Association

USA Today: “Chiseled body, chipping teeth: Energy gels, drinks wreak havoc.”

Mayo Clinic: “When and how often should you brush your teeth?”

 

 

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on May 31, 2018

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