Sports Drinks & Oral Health

Did you know that your average 600ml sports drink contains 8.5 teaspoons of added sugar?

The intended use for sport drinks is to assist professional athletes in recovering from their intense activities. Therefore, the use of sports drinks during your weekly to occasional sport activity, adds little benefit. 

Drinking sports drink, even the ‘zero sugar’ versions, can lead to tooth decay and/or tooth erosion overtime if they are consumed regularly. They can also be increasingly damaging to your teeth if you drink them when dehydrated.

The best choice for hydration is water, preferably tap water as it contains a safe amount of fluoride to assist in protecting your teeth against decay. If you prefer the taste of a sports drink it is recommended that you drink water afterwards to essentially ‘wash’ it from your teeth.

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