There has been considerable recent discussion regarding the harmful effects of sports beverages on teeth. Sports beverage consumption is increasing in athletes at all levels, and is encouraged by coaches and nutritionists. The use of sports drinks has been clearly shown to be erosive in vivo. A high intake of citrus fruits or drinks is another factor that can cause erosions.
- Dilute the drinks with bottled water.
- Rinse the mouth with water immediately after use.
- Use the sport beverages chilled to reduce the erosive effect.
- Use a fluoride mouth rinse twice daily to encourage remineralisation of the enamel.
- Use special toothpastes such as “Regenerate” to promote remineralisation.
- Avoid use immediately before sleep, when the buffering action of saliva will be reduced.
Biomedical Engineering and Human Genetics (Undergrad) Stanford University