As you may already know, a new sector of drinks is now a staple in many supermarkets and convenience stores. These “energy” drinks contain chemicals, dyes, and massive amounts of sugar. What is interesting is who is actually consuming these liquids. Young athletes have been targeted by the marketing machines of the world as a way to take your performance to the next level and beat the competition with their “liquid energy”. Red Bull, Monster, and Gatorade are just some of the few drinks that kids have been drawn to and now are affecting their oral health.
Nobody “needs” energy drinks, but the marketers and advertisers of the world may try to tell you that you do. The problem is the youth is so impressionable that they believe what the commercials are telling them. They are constantly being bombarded from the TV, internet, and sporting events that this is the competitive edge that they need when it is actually quite detrimental to their health. Sure, enough sugar can “give you wings”, but what happens when you crash? Too much sugar in your diet is bad not just for your oral health, but your overall health. It can lead to weight gain, diabetes, and even harm your immune system.
Drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated and to get those bits and pieces of food that are stuck in between your teeth out of your mouth. After every meal try to “swish” your mouth with water to break up any piece of food still stuck in your teeth. Then, brush your teeth to ensure that your teeth remain pearly white. Try to use a toothpaste with fluoride as part of it to inhibit any kind of tooth decay. And as always make sure you get plenty of sleep. Nothing beats a good night’s rest to give you the energy levels you need to perform at your peak.
If you are in need of a dentist who is not only going to fix your toothache, but help you prevent them in the first place, then you need to call Highpoint Dental Medicine today. Dr. Wilk and his staff always treat each and every patient with the personal care that they deserve. Call today and schedule your next visit!