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Sports Dentistry in Toms River, Manahawkin, and Cream Ridge, NJ

Are Sports Drinks Bad for Your Teeth?

Are you aware that sports drinks have been found to contain higher amounts of sugar compared to popular cola beverages, often ranging up to 19 grams per serving? The high sugar content in these drinks contributes to the acidity in the mouth, attracting bacteria that can harm tooth enamel. Further, sugar also increases the acidity in the mouth, which provides a favorable environment for the growth of harmful oral bacteria and the formation of cavities.

Why Does my Child Need a Mouthguard?

Mouthguards, also referred to as mouth protectors, function by providing a cushioning effect when the face experiences impact. This reduces the chances of teeth fractures or injuries to the lips, tongue, or cheeks. Interestingly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over 3 million teeth are knocked out during youth sporting events. With data like that, it’s not hard to see that mouthguards play a crucial role in preventing tooth loss and other facial injuries. They are available in various shapes, sizes, and specifically designed for different sports.

Feel free to reach out to us regarding customized mouth protectors!

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