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Sports Drinks: Avoid at All Costs!

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Back-to-school season is in full swing, and so are the fall sports!

Most people don’t realize it, but soccer is a wildly popular fall sport, and one that requires a lot of running and agility. For football and other high-energy impact sports, most parents and coaches advise kids to bring a sports drink to keep hydrated.

Here at Dr. Randy’s office, we want to offer a little education on why we advise against that.

The Purpose and The Need

The American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Academy of Pediatrics have all agreed that sports drinks are not the best way to help keep your children hydrated.

Sports drinks were originally created mainly for the use of adult athletes who were spending countless hours in the scorching heat while practicing. They were intended to replenish electrolytes that had been lost during extreme sweating.

Most children are not playing in those types of conditions and therefore do not require sports drinks.

A recently published study by General Dentistry found that sports drinks or energy drinks contain excessive amounts of acid that will actually start destroying tooth enamel after only five days of regular consumption.

Damage to your tooth enamel can cause teeth to become extremely sensitive to temperature and touch as well as open them up to cavities and tooth decay.

Sarbin Ranjitkar, BDS, PhD, stated in a recently published article, “Our research has shown that permanent damage to the tooth enamel will occur within the first 30 seconds of high acidity coming into contact with the teeth. This is an important finding and it suggests that such drinks are best avoided.”  If you’d like to read the report in depth, you can do so by clicking here.

The Solution Is Easy!

Water is still the best method to keep your child hydrated, according to the AAPD, ADA, and AAP. By choosing water, you are avoiding unnecessary tooth decay and future dental problems.

~Dr. Randy