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Sports stars suffer from dental problems, too
Updated: 3/24/2011 8:59:59 PM

Many athletes drink beverages with added electrolytes to keep them hydrated, but these products may be hurting their teeth Dentist Brett Dorney recently told ABC News that he believes sports beverages are damaging the teeth of professional athletes by causing erosion and decay.

The news source reported that Dorney discovered an increased number of dental erosion cases several years ago, after the Olympics were held in an area located near his practice.

"We were absolutely shocked to find that elite athletes do not have elite mouths," he told the organization.

The dentist believes that sports-drink consumers who do not practice diligent dental care may develop tooth enamel erosion or cavities due to the high amounts of acid and sugar in the beverages.

High school athletes who frequently consume these types of drinks may likewise be at risk for developing oral conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 59 percent of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 have tooth decay.

Plastic coatings called dental sealants may be applied by dentists to help protect an individual's teeth from erosion. The CDC reported that 38 percent of teens in the above age group have undergone sealing procedures.

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