A couple weeks ago I attended my nephew’s baseball game on a beautiful, cool evening. The parents watching the game were dressed in jeans and long sleeve shirts or sweatshirts as there was a definite chill in the air. After the game, when I went over to congratulate my nephew I noticed that most of his teammates were drinking sports drinks. As I was leaving the field, there was a steady stream of parents in line buying more sports drinks for their children. It seems that many parents think of sports drinks as a healthy drink for their children. This is truly not the case!

Sports drinks do serve a purpose when someone is participating in grueling endurance sports or losing large amounts of electrolytes due to high heat conditions. However, on an evening when nobody is breaking a sweat and the primary aerobic effort is a sprint around the bases, sports drinks are not beneficial. In fact, there is a significant amount of evidence that sports drinks are harmful to your child’s teeth.

For more information, please consult the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Clinical Report – Sports Drinks and Energy Drinks for Children and Adolescents: Are They Appropriate? Useful information on a recent study published in the May/June issue of General Dentistry can be found in this article entitled “Energy Drinks Can Take Teeth on An Irreversible Acid Trip.”