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If you would like a helpful tip on protecting your teeth, you might want to consider reducing the amount of sports drinks you consume. Drinking sports drinks to excess can increase your risk of cavities and the erosion of your enamel.

These risks are cause by the copious amounts of sugar the drinks ciontain and how acidic they can be. Also, understand that a lack of saliva from dehydration can increase the effects of sugar and acids on your teeth.

Having lots of sugar resting on your teeth from sports drinks can increase your risk of cavities. The sugars are food for bacteria that reside in your mouth, and they produce acids that harm enamel when they eat sugar. More sugar means more acid. These acids can form holes, or cavities, in your teeth.

Not only that, sports drinks have acid content of their own. The high acid content can further erode your enamel.

Unfortunately, dehydration from exercising vigorously can make these effects worse, and that is when you might look for a sports drink most of all. Dehydration hampers saliva production, and saliva is useful for cleaning foods other things off your teeth. While sports drinks can provide some hydration, the initial lack of saliva means the sugars and acids stay longer and spread further harm.

Now understand an occasional sports drink will not cause these problems, but drinking them regularly can. We recommend that you drink water instead. Water is hydration itself, and it does not carry the excess sugars and acids, which leads to a happier, healthier mouth.

If you would like more advice for better oral care, you can visit our office, South Coast Family Dentistry, in Coos Bay, Oregon. Our doctors, Drs. Bailey, Huff and Stanley, can help you keep your teeth healthy. To call us, dial 541-269-5353.