Sports drinks put teeth at risk, dentist says

Sports drinks put teeth at risk, dentist says

It is known that there are many people who do not like going to dentists for many reasons such as having a phobia of dentists, or at least they do not just like going there. However, the truth is that going to dentists is important to your health as toothache may lead to many problems!


Anyway, if you prefer not to go to dentists, you have to choose what you drink, especially if you are interested in sports. So, a doctor from the NC Dental Society called Dr. Shelley Olson shares some methods to stay healthy and debunks common myths about it.


The Triad and Greensboro are now suffering the main heat wave. So, to replace electrolytes, people are recommended by some doctors to gulp down a sports drink. Despite being true, it could in the end hurt your teeth!


Dr. Olson recommends people drink water instead of other sports drinks, which may lead to tooth decay, discoloration, and enamel erosion.


Dr. Olson recommends eating nuts and fruit instead of other sports drinks if you are looking to replace the lost electrolytes and carbs. Coconut water is also a great option. She also said that drinking water with sports drinks is an obligation as it washes away the sugar and acid from them.



Myth #1: You can clean your teeth harder better when you brush them harder.


Fact #1: The truth is that it can really lead to damage to the enamel! Dr. Olson also added that using a manual brush to clean your teeth slowly in a circular motion is the best way to brush your teeth.



Myth #2: You should not go to the dentist unless you think you have a problem.


Fact #2: Dr. Olson said that people should go to dentists at least one time every year, even if they do not have any problems as your gums and teeth will be worse with the decay if it is not treated.


Myth #3: Tooth problems like cavities are the only things that are checked by dentists.


Fact #3: Dentists do not just check your tooth problems; they check all of your mouth including tongues and cheeks. They’ll screen for gum disease, oral cancer, and some other probable conditions.



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