We are committed to continuously improving access to our goods and services by individuals with disabilities. This website is currently being updated to enhance the usability and experience for persons with disabilities. If you are unable to use any aspect of this website because of a disability, please call 978.470.4555 and we will provide you with prompt personalized assistance.


The Real Cost of Sports Drinks

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Dentistry, Oral Health
Pacifier Use Blog Header

Sports drinks are a popular choice for athletes to rehydrate and replenish electrolytes after a game or a workout. While many people drink the brightly colored, sugary beverages thinking they’ll improve athletic performance, they’re actually putting your oral health on the sidelines.

Sports drinks are packed with acid and sodium. Upon consistent exposure to these ingredients, your tooth enamel will begin to wear away, making teeth more susceptible to lasting damage from everyday activities such as biting and chewing, as well as more sensitive to extreme temperatures. Ouch!

Okay, so if not sports drinks, what should you sip on when you need a pick-me-up? If the first thing that you think of is an energy drink, think again. A 2012 study found that after just five days of repeated exposure to sports drinks, the damage to enamel was very evident. The authors of the study subsequently found that energy drinks caused up to twice as much damage to the enamel as the sports drinks did.

It is reported that between 30 to 50 percent of U.S. teens consume energy drinks, and that 62 percent consume at least one sports drink a day. This is bad news for teeth. Unlike many of the other things in our bodies, enamel cannot replenish itself. This means that any erosion of the enamel is irreversible, although you can ask your dentist for tips and treatments to make the loss of enamel more comfortable and help prevent further damage.

As always, your best bet to stay hydrated and replenish what your body loses during physical activity is plain water. Your body – and your teeth – will thank you!



Diet Soda Habit as Bad for Teeth as Meth Addiction, Study Claims

Between the crack of the bottle cap, the bubbly fizz, the first refreshing sip, and zero calories to boot—diet soda can be totally addicting. But is it possible to enjoy this delight without any side effects? A new study states that diet soda could indeed be as “damaging to teeth as methamphetamine, or cocaine.” When […]


Are you better off without toothpaste?

When you think of dental hygiene, a toothbrush and toothpaste immediately come to mind. A cult has been built around toothpaste – a thousand different varieties, brands, flavors, and functions exist. Each new commercial touts a different dentist’s recommendation, and consumers are left baffled in the drugstore aisle wondering if whitening specialties really work. Unfortunately, […]


Recognizing and Treating Gingivitis

When we think about oral health, one of the major parts of our mouth that can cause problems is the gum. If gums become red and often bleed, it may be an indication of gum disease. There are two different types of gum disease. One is called gingivitis and the other, periodontitis. Periodontitis is the […]


Bridges vs. Implants

If you are missing several teeth you know how difficult it can be. Missing teeth can cause problems with speech, chewing, and in some more serious cases, even the overall shape of the face. While these challenges may seem difficult and impossible to fix, there are things that can be done to restore your smile […]

69 Park Street, Andover, MA 01810
| |
Fax: 978.470.8844
  • Call 978.470.4555 or fill out the form below.

[contact-form-7 id="244" title="Request Appointment"]
[contact-form-7 id="1341" title="A04 Appointment"]