Hydration options to consider…
Hydration is important, but reconsider guzzling sports drinks unless you’re a true endurance athlete.
In a study comparing the erosive effects of five different beverages, including juice and soda, sports drinks did the most harm. Their high concentration of strong acids produced the deepest enamel damage in teeth. And what about energy drinks? Maybe you need a liquid pick-me-up?
Consider fresh hydrating water instead; as energy drinks were ranked second worst after sports drinks! Their main folly is that they have little ability to buffer the acids in the beverage. Drinks like these are an especially bad idea for adolescents and young adults, whose tooth enamel is less mature and more porous. Damaging effects of these drinks can leave you to ‘pick-up the pieces’ when it comes to your oral health.