If you consume these sugary drinks before you exercise or play sports it can lead to poor oral health which can affect your performance.
“Research has found that almost one in five athletes has suffered in competition because of poor oral health and almost half have not been to the dentist in the past year”.
Although good brushing, flossing and mouthwashes can counter the effects of consuming sports drinks, it cannot prevent advanced decay that is already present. If you are consuming sports drinks regularly and have not attended the dentist in over a year you could be especially at risk.
“Athletes with poor dental health are likely to suffer pain, difficulties sleeping and eating, general inflammation, a dent to their confidence and may be generally out of sorts, all of which could be detrimental to their performance, they suggest”
Experts say that this could be the difference between silver and a gold medal for athletes and have a negative effect on their overall performance.
If you are exercising, training or competing in sports your risk of poor dental health is slightly increased due to dehydration and a lack of saliva in your mouth which helps to protect your teeth from decay and erosion.
The following was also mentioned in the British Journal of Sports Medicine:
“The amount of energy that athletes need for training often means they have high-carbohydrate diets and regularly use sugary, acidic energy drinks that may contribute to decay and erosion in athletes’ teeth.”
“However, people should be aware of the risks to oral health and can take simple measures to mitigate these. For example, water or hypotonic drinks are likely to be more suitable for simple hydration, and spit don’t rinse after tooth brushing. For sports where athletes need a lot of energy drinks, high fluoride toothpastes and mouth washes should be seriously considered.”
If you would like anymore advice on your oral health or would like to arrange an appointment for an examination, please call us on 01332 345 222.
Dove Dental Team.