Danger of Sports Drinks

Q: Are these so-called sports drinks okay for kids’ teeth?
A: Sports drinks, some researchers say, serve a beneficial role in some circumstances.  Consumed during or after an intense workout of an hour or more, a child may take in more fluid with a sports drink than if offered water alone.  But the fact is that most sports drinks are essentially sugar water with electrolytes added.  Kids don’t really need supplemental electrolytes, they get plenty in food.  Sugary sports drinks are very tough on teeth as well.
It will vary by brand, but generally one 20-ounce bottle of a sports drink contains about 10- teaspoons of sugar and 130 calories.  Research has shown that when sipped over a long period of time, sports drinks can do more damage to enamel than a carbonated cola product.  Any sugary drink will have a corrosive effect on enamel, especially if it is sipped through the course of a day.  The American Dental Association continues to recommend that we drink 8 to 12 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated.  If the water is fluoridated, it also helps to prevent tooth decay.  Ask Drs. Chips for tips on diet – drinks and solid food – that are most conducive to oral and general health. 
For more information or questions visit www.chipsdentalLLC.com.
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