Acid permanently damages teeth. What’s that have to do with athletes? Sports drinks are acidic.
“Athletes who are hydrating with sports drinks instead of water are more prone to cavities,” Loewen says.
Your teeth bathed in a sports drink is similar to an ice cube sitting on a counter for 10 minutes, she says. “The tooth is just melting, becoming flat, round, sensitive and prone to cavities.”
Diet soda, sour candy, and anything gummy -- including children’s vitamins -- have the same effect.
To counteract it, drink soda through a straw that’s placed behind your teeth, and rinse with water afterward. Don’t brush for 30 minutes; the acid weakens enamel, leaving your teeth susceptible to scraping. Even better? Just drink water.
Elite Athletes Run the Risk of Bad Teeth