Put Down the Gatorade!

If you stand near the entrance of any grocery store, you will see carts piled high with cases of sports drinks. Many people incorrectly believe that drinking sports drinks is healthier than water, or that they offer some nutritional benefit.

In fact, a 20-ounce bottle of Gatorade contains 34 grams of sugar. That is more than the recommended total daily amount of 32 grams per day! Sport drinks also pack a double punch, as they are very acidic. Gatorade contains citric acid, which wears down the enamel on teeth making them weak and susceptible to decay. The combination of sugar and acid is detrimental to your oral health and can contribute to cavities and tooth sensitivity, especially in young patients.

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What are the worst drinks for acid and sugar? Gatorade or Powerade, iced tea, soda, and alcohol. Avoid these drinks if possible, but if you simply must imbibe, try to (1) rinse your mouth after drinking with a water swish, or chew sugarless gum, (2) drink them all at once, instead of slowly sipping them throughout the day, and (3) limit your consumption to when absolutely necessary. 

Of course, preventative oral health is always the most important way to combat tooth decay and disease, so make sure to schedule your dental cleaning appointments regularly. 

And put down that Gatorade!

 

Unproven Is Not Disproven

You may have heard that there is no research that demonstrates flossing has oral health benefits. Although you may have felt relief for a moment, we at Sullivan Dental respectfully disagree with this claim! Our more than thirty years of experience has certainly demonstrated the benefits of daily flossing for the prevention of gingivitis and inter-proximal tooth decay.

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It may be true that improper flossing or inconsistent techniques do not benefit oral health, so our registered hygienists are happy to demonstrate the correct way to floss at your next appointment. We tailor oral health care plans to the unique needs of each individual patient. It may be that a water flosser, floss threader, or floss pick may be more effective for your personal daily flossing needs. Be sure to ask what’s best for you at your next prophylaxis appointment.

And as always, we will continue to monitor dental news and help you sort through the evidence!

Floss on!