Tooth decay and erosion are on the rise. At least part of this disease process is thought to be due to the increasing use of specialised sports products designed to proved nutirents and fluid during exercise. Many of these are high in carbohydrates for readily available energy and electrolytes, however many have acidic ingredients to alter the taste or prolong the shelf life. Of course the combination of sugar and acidicity is damaging to the teeth. Sports products have been used by athletes for a long time to add to fuel stores and to promote rapid recovery of glycogen stores following exercise, but in the last few year they have been heavily marketed to he general public, and of particular concern, is their regular use by children ⚠️
🍭 main ingredients are carbohydrates -> sugar!
- Acidity is 2.4 - 4:5
⚠️ when dehydrated the saliva dries up, and makes the teeth vulnerable to attack by sugars and acids
⚠️ rinsing a mouthguard in sports drink allows the damaging acids and sugars to pool around the teeth
😷 people are using these as fuelling mouth rinses for short duration physical activity because it is thought that carbohydrates message the brain to delay fatigue.
⚠️ workout supplements are promoted as an anabolic or muscle building possibility in resistance training. They are usually protein with small amounts of carbohydrate and other things like caffeine, creatine. Most have citric or malic acid added for flavour which is damaging to the teeth.
Sports gels or lollies are easy to digest and carry, and of course the trouble occurs because they are highly concentrated sources of sugar, with many containing acid to alter the taste or to prolong the shelf life.
When cosumed with sports drinks, the combination is disastrous.
💧 drink tap water for low intensity training and always for children.
⚠️ Use sports drinks and supplements with extreme caution.
😷 Calcium in foods might help to counteract some of the damage, and help in recovery.
⚠️ avoid rinsing moth guards with sports drink
💦 drink lots of water to ensure that the saliva is healthy.
🍋 avoid acidic foods or beverages before bed
⭐️ seek the assistance of an accredited sports dietician if necessary
⭐️ 6 monthly preventive care appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist