2005-04-07 / Medical

Sports Beverages May Cause More Tooth Damage Than Soda

Sports Beverages May Cause More Tooth Damage Than Soda

(NAPSA)-While sports and energy drinks help athletes rehydrate after a long workout, if consumed on a regular basis they can damage teeth. These beverages may cause irreversible damage to dental enamel, potentially resulting in severe tooth decay, according to a study reported in the January/February issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry's clinical journal. Dental enamel is the thin, outer layer of hard tissue that helps maintain the tooth structure and shape while protecting it from decay.

The study continuously exposed enamel from cavity-free molars and premolars to a variety of popular sports beverages, including energy drinks, fitness water and sports drinks, as well as non-cola beverages such as lemonade and ice tea for a period of 14 days (336 hours). The exposure time was comparable to approximately 13 years of normal beverage consumption.

The study findings revealed that there was significant enamel damage associated with all beverages tested. Cola-based drinks may contain one or more acids, commonly phosphoric and citric acids; however, sports beverages contain other additives and organic acids that can advance dental erosion. These organic acids are potentially very erosive to dental enamel.

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