Sports drinks may be popular beverages for athletes, but they come with a rather significant price. Studies have found that the acid content in the most popular sports drinks cause rapid tooth erosion, hypersensitivity, and tooth staining when consumed with frequency. A study conducted by New York University dental researchers also found that sports drinks cause excessive tooth wear, weaken the internal structures of teeth, and may lead to severe tooth damage or even tooth loss.
If your teeth have become dingy or stained by sports drinks, a tooth whitening procedure at our Boston area office can restore a brilliant sheen. However, you may want to reconsider consuming sports drinks to help protect your teeth and reduce future staining.
Alternatives to Sports Drinks
There have been a number of studies conducted on the usefulness of sports drinks. Even those studies that claim they are beneficial allow that plain water is just as effective at rehydrating athletes. For people who engage in strenuous or prolonged athletic activities, drinking electrolyte enhanced water will provide the same replenishment as sports drinks. Better still, water rehydrates without the sugars, artificial colors, and preservatives found in most sports drinks.
For more information about preventing and treating tooth staining in Boston, Braintree, or along Massachusetts’ South Shore, please contact Pinnacle Dental Aesthetics to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation today.