Energy and sports drinks can damage tooth enamel, increasing the risk of dental decay. It has been well documented that dental disease has a negative impact on athletes’ performance.
We recommend to try and avoid consuming them entirely. If you do drink them then follow our top tips to help reduce their harmful effects on your teeth:
1. Chew sugar-free gum or rinse the mouth with water following consumption of energy & sports drinks.
2. Dilute these drinks with water before consumption, which reduces the level of harm such drinks can cause to your teeth
3. Consuming these drinks by using a straw will also reduce the level of attack on your teeth.
4. Don’t brush your teeth soon after consumption of sports and energy drinks.In the thirty minutes to an hour after drinking an energy or sports drink the enamel of your teeth will be slightly softer and brushing will damage the enamel.
5.Remember that water is great for quenching your thirst, it’s a lot cheaper and it definitely won’t harm your oral health.
6. A good night’s sleep is the best and most natural energy drink there is.