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It is common knowledge that sugary drinks and foods can lead to tooth decay. But what about sports drinks? A recent study by Australian researchers tested 23 different types of soft drinks and sports drinks, and the results were eye opening. Drinks that were sugar free, but contained acidic additives, and those with low pH levels caused measurable damage to tooth enamel. Read more in Medical News Today.
What does this mean in terms of hydrating? There are some things you can do to remain sugar free and still protect your tooth enamel.
- After eating or drinking acidic products, do NOT immediately brush your teeth, as this can remove the softened tooth layer
- Rinse your mouth with water after drinking acidic drinks, and wait an hour or so before brushing
- If possible, drink from a straw
- Chewing sugarless gum after drinking acidic drinks can help increase saliva flow, which neutralizes the acid
- Don’t forget good, old-fashioned water. It’s a free, healthy alternative!