It’s a fact: beverages high in sugar, like sodas and juices, can cause cavities.
To cut down on soda and juice consumption, many have turned to sports drinks or other flavored water products.
We live in an active era. There is a lot of emphasis on staying hydrated and maintaining electrolyte balance, but are these beverages really any better for our teeth?
It’s a myth that sports drinks will not cause tooth decay. While some argue that there is little to no sugar content in sports drinks like Gatorade or PowerAde, there is more to consider than just the sugar content.
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The tooth decay process starts when your mouth’s pH balance is lowered into an acidic state. In order for your enamel to be at its strongest, your mouth should have a neutral pH balance.
Anytime that your mouth’s pH drops below neutral, into an acidic state, your enamel is weakened and more vulnerable to the bacterium in your mouth and the decay process.
UVM Medical Center
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