Sports Drinks “Over Exercising” Teen’s Enamel

Sports Drinks "Over Exercising" Teen's Enamel

Often when we give our kids sports drinks, we think we are giving them a healthy drink that outweighs other options such as soda or energy drinks, but the reality is we are putting their oral health at risk. An article written by BBC News (UK) discusses the major issues with the consumption frequency of sports drinks by young teens. A study done by Cardiff University found that out of 160 Welsh students ages 12-14, 89% consume sports drinks, and 68% of the group drink them at least once a week.

These statistics are alarming because of the serious threat these drinks hold over teen’s oral health. Large quantities of sugar are dangerous to the teeth, and in sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade, there are 14 grams of sugar in a single 8 fl. Oz. bottle. Mass amounts of sugar significantly increase the risk of developing enamel erosion and cavities.

The British Soft Drinks Association stated the sports drinks were not created to be drank leisurely, but instead for “vigorous physical activity”. In the aforementioned study, “half the children said they drank the drinks socially rather than in a sports setting, and only 18% claimed to drink them because of perceived performance-enhancing effects.” The president of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine, Paul Jackson, stated sports drinks are specifically intended to be drunk by athletes who participate in high intensity and long duration activity. But even some athletes have experienced tooth decay due to regular consumption of these drinks.

Avalon Biomed has created NeoMTA Plus®, a bioactive dental cement for use in vital pulp therapy treatment. NeoMTA Plus induces healing in the pulp by forming a layer of hydroxyapatite. This may help arrest decay and avoid further treatment. NeoMTA Plus is stainproof, unlike other MTA-type products, and suitable for use in younger teeth.

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NeoMTA Plus is a stainproof, tricalcium silicate-based bioactive cement that can be used universally for vital pulp and other endodontic indications in primary and permanent teeth. NeoMTA Plus is a bioceramic cement that triggers the healing process. With NeoMTA Plus, general dentists, pediatric dentists, and endodontists now have a superior and reasonably priced bioceramic. Dentists praise the multi-use NeoMTA Plus because it mixes more smoothly, is easier to dispense and the unique gel enables more stable placement, washout resistance and faster clinical setting.

New, stain-free light color:

Ideal for pediatric dentistry—won’t discolor teeth
Liquids such as sodium hypochlorite won’t cause discoloration

Multiple indications:

Pulp-capping to base/liner
Pulpotomies to apexification
Sealer to perforation repair
Root-end filling to resorption

Non-cytotoxic

Inhibits bacterial growth* *Tested in vitro. Not a disinfectant

Grey MTA Plus is a bioceramic tricalcium silicate-based Dental Cement, which is slightly more radiopaque than (white) MTA. The light silvery color of MTA Plus is visible during placement. Grey MTA Plus is indicated for both Vital Pulp Therapy and Endodontic procedures. General dentists and endodontists praise the multi-use Grey MTA Plus because it mixes more smoothly and is easier to dispense. The unique gel enables more stable placement, washout resistance and faster clinical setting.

Multiple indications:

Pulp-capping to Base/Liner
Pulpotomies to Apexification
Sealer to Perforation Repair
Root-end Filling to Resorption

New, light grey color:

More radiopaque than the leading white MTAs
Visible for precise placement
Inhibits bacterial growth in vitro of Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Enterococcus faecalis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Non-cytotoxic

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Finer powder mixes more easily and smoothly
Dispense as little as 0.1 gm
Unique gel for stable placement
Washout resistant
No special equipment required

Smart, convenient packaging:

Protects fine powder in desiccant-lined bottle
Easy to dispense powder as needed
Dropper-tip gel bottle minimizes waste