Ontario Dental Association’s Warning on Youth Drinking Sports Drinks

Toronto, Canada (PRWEB), September 27, 2014 – Princeview Dental (, one of Etobicoke’s premier dental clinics, is weighing in on the recent Ontario Dental Association (ODA) findings that sports drinks may be putting youth oral care at risk.

Dentists are seeing more and more oral health problems in young people visiting their dental clinics, and ODA President Dr. Jerry Smith believes that the issue possibly lies in the overconsumption of sports drinks. That’s because the sugar these drinks contain creates an ideal environment for bacteria to flourish in the mouth, leading to tooth decay. Dr. Smith goes on to say that the combination of acid with the sugars causes erosion of the enamel and that it might be a good idea to rinse with water immediately after consuming any sport drink. (Source: “The Ontario Dental Association Warns Children And Teens To Use Sports Drinks In Moderation,” Ontario Dental Association web site, August 26, 2014;)

“Tooth decay and other side effects of over-consuming sports drinks can lead to emergency dental services,” says Dr. Janice Mummery, founder of Princeview Dental. “Tooth decay is actually the most common childhood disease, five times more likely than asthma. It’s not a stretch to suggest that a child can end up in an emergency dental clinic if they do not take proper care of their teeth, and that means reducing their sports drink intake.”

Dr. Mummery encourages parents to give their children water as an alternative to sugary sports drinks to prevent the possible onset of tooth decay. Staying away from the sugar and acid in sports drinks is a good way to avoid any potential emergency dental services that may be needed to restore a child’s teeth.

“Tooth decay is preventable if proper steps are taken to ensure teeth and gums remain clean and healthy,” Dr. Mummery concludes. “Evidence shows that most children have enough electrolytes present in their bodies and don’t need the extra electrolytes that are inside of these sports drinks and drinking water is a sufficient enough method of hydration.”

Founded in 1994, Princeview Dental is a trusted dental clinic in Etobicoke. Princeview Dental offers a full range of dental services for all age groups, including preventive dentistry, restorative or cosmetic dentistry, and offering patients a variety of procedures to “make over” their smile, including dental implants, surgery, full and partial dentures, and treatment for gum disease. To learn more about Princeview Dental, visit the company’s web site at or call 416-231-4562.

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