Do kids need Gatorade for sports?

Q:

My kids are in lots of summer sports and drink a lot of gatorade and sports drinks. I don't think this is very good for their teeth and I'm wondering if there is anything more natural to replenish their electrolytes when they are active?

 

A:

I'm so happy you asked this question. Gatorade is TERRIBLE for teeth!  If you look at the ingredient list of gatorade the top items are sucrose syrup, glucose syrup and citric acid. In simple words, when you drink gatorade you are bathing your teeth in sugar and acid!  Sugar and acid erode enamel and can lead to cavities. 

 

There are many alternatives to gatorade that are less harmful to teeth and more natural.:

    *Coconut water: coconut water is full of natural electrolytes and tastes refreshing. Be careful and read labels-some coconut waters have added sugars.

    *Infused waters: you can infuse your own water at home with pineapple, strawberries, lemon, blueberries, mint, cucumbers, and many other options-use your imagination or look up some more recipes online!  Infused water is very refreshing and has a hint of natural flavor. 

    

If you have more questions about sports beverages please contact your dentist!

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