Are Sports Drinks as Harmful as Sodas to Kids Teeth?

Harmful Sports drinks

With summers approaching; kids would soon get indulged in outdoor activities. As they play in the hot sun, they will feel more temped to drink sugary sports drinks or energy drinks in large quantity to stay cool and hydrated. Dentists have always been of the view that over-consumption of these sugary beverages harm the child’s teeth, so they advise parents to monitor and limit the number of these drinks. Dentists understand the need of the young athletes to stay hydrated but they also state that young athletes do not necessarily need to intake these sports drinks to replace the carbohydrates, proteins and electrolytes after exercise.

What do the Sports Drinks contain?

Sports Drinks consist of minerals, carbohydrates, electrolytes and flavouring. These drinks are intended to replace the water and electrolytes lost during vigorous exercise or sports activities. But these drinks are usually unnecessary and harmful as they carry extra calories and whereas plain water is still the best energizer. The extra calories in these drinks just result in obesity and dental problems.

What damages can sports drinks cause to our teeth?

Studies show that sports drinks can cause three to eleven times greater enamel damage than carbonated drinks. These drinks can cause following damages to your child’s teeth:

  • High levels of acidity and sugar concentrations in the sports’ drinks can erode both enamel and roots of the teeth.
  • Sugar itself does not rot the teeth but the acid that is produced after sugar comes into the contact with certain bacteria in the mouth, rots the teeth.
  • These drinks are damaging because they get prolonged amount of time washed over the teeth as they are sipped throughout the day.
  • Acid from these sugary drinks can have an erosive effect on the entire tooth.
  • The tooth enamel can lose calcium because of acidity present in the sports drinks.
  • Thee erosive acids in sports’ drinks dissolve even the fluoride rich enamel and cause caries.

What preventive measures can parents take to control the consumption of sports drinks?

Parents can follow below listed preventive measures to save their child’s teeth from getting eroded:

  • Encourage children to consume water instead of sports drinks.
  • If children consume sports drinks, they should consume as much water, as water will wash away any residual sports drink and it will not linger on their teeth.
  • Parents can also encourage their children to dilute drink with water as it will lessen the sugar and acidity concentration.
  • Reduce the drink size and use a straw to keep the damaging liquid away from your teeth.
  • Reduce the contact time of sports drink with your teeth by swallowing them immediately.
  • Do not swish sports drinks around the mouth.
  • Do not forget to rinse your mouthguards only in water.
  • Seek out dental friendly sports drinks.
  • Add-in the slices of fresh fruits like oranges or strawberries to make water more appealing.
  • You can also offer them low-fat chocolate milk instead, as they also are good at promoting recovery between workouts.

Contact Dr. Bikram Singh DMD to prevent and fight back severe dental problems and save your child from tooth decay or tooth lose.


Can Cough Syrup cause Cavities?

Cough Syrups and Cavities

Cough Syrups and CavitiesMost of the people reach out for over the counter medicated syrups to relieve and ease their cough, colds, flu and runny noses. But these syrups either sweetened or sugar-free are as bad for your oral health as any other sugar contained food, because they make you prone to oral cavities when you are already encountering other health related problems. So most of the dentists are not in the favour of using these syrups to get relieve from coughs and colds.

Which ingredients of cough syrups can lead to cavities and how?

There are various ingredients present in the cough syrups or drops that can lead to cavities. They are:

Fructose Corn Syrup and Sucrose: High intensity of fructose corn syrup or sucrose in cough syrups may lead to cavities because bacteria in the mouth breeds on sugar and further  breaks it down and forms acids which in turn may harm the tooth enamel.

Citric Acid: Citric acids, low pH levels and high acidity in syrups can erode your tooth enamel and as well wear it down.

Alcohol: At times, alcohol is added in your cough syrups which makes your mouth dry. The saliva in your mouth naturally rinses the sugars and acids away but the due to alcohol saliva production decreases, thus sugars and acids remain in the mouth for longer periods thus leading to cavities and tooth decay.

And if taken at bed time, the negative effects of these syrups increases doubly as saliva production is naturally slows down at night.

What are the remedies to check these negative effects of cough syrups?

Medications are necessary to treat ailments but we can negate their effects. In order to counteract and undo the negative effects of these cough syrups, dentists advise to manage the time and type of these medications.  By adopting the following measures you can prevent the adverse effects of cough syrups:

  • If available, better opt for the pill or capsule form of the medication.
  •  Instead of bedtime, try to take medications during the meals so that the saliva can rinse away the sugar and acids.
  • Brush and rinse your mouth after taking the medicine, as it will help to overcome the bad effects of acids and as well will keep your mouth wet.
  •   Drink plenty of water as it will not only wash away the sugar and neutralize the acids but will also help you to heal quickly.
  • If after taking medicine you feel dry mouth, chew sugar-free gums or lozenges.
  • Get some calcium supplements or use topical fluoride after taking liquid medication.

Contact Dr. Bikram Singh DMD for the proficient and state of art treatment of any of yours oral health related issues. Our professionals provide quality care to the patients and make sure that their mouths are as healthy as they should be.