Ditch Sports Drinks That Destroy Your Child’s Teeth
Dr. Diane Baldwin, a NJ pediatric dentist, recommends children stay away from sports drinks that may cause damage to their teeth.
Sugar can cause teeth to rot but it is the acid in sports drinks that causes irreversible damage to tooth enamel. A recent study published in the Journal of General Dentistry found that sports drinks contain so much acid that they start destroying teeth after only five days of consistent use. Damage to tooth enamel problems can result in sensitivity and tooth decay.
Dr. Diane Baldwin believes the common mistake, highlighted in the study, is that adults believe sports drinks are proper hydration and better for their children than soft drinks. However, some sports drinks and energy drinks contain more sugar than regular soda. The energy drinks tested in the study were the worst culprits containing twice as much acid as sports drinks.
Sports drinks should only be consumed during intense athletic training and not as a substitute for water. To avoid irreversible damage, Dr. Diane Baldwin recommends that children who play sports should always hydrate with water.
NJ pediatric dentist Dr. Diane Baldwin can help create an oral health plan for your child. Dr. Baldwin offers routine exams, pulpotomy (baby root canal), stainless steel crowns, fillings and restorations, extractions, cleanings, X-rays, fluoride treatments, consultations and second opinions.