September 08, 2014 10:16 ET

Children and Sports Drinks, a New Concern

:DentalPlans Advises Parents About Permanent Damage Sports Drinks Can Cause to Their Children's Teeth

PLANTATION, FL--(Marketwired - September 08, 2014) - Sports drinks are popular among children, especially child athletes, but new studies reveal they are not so good for your child's oral health. Sport drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices, and sodas have high acid levels that can cause tooth erosion. Tooth erosion occurs when acid dissolves the outer surface of tooth enamel. Leading sports drinks can contain 21 grams of sugar. And according to a University of Iowa study, sports drinks had the greatest erosion potential on both enamel and roots of teeth when compared to leading brands of energy drinks, soda, and apple juice.

"Parents play such an important role in their child's oral hygiene, from creating healthy habits to controlling the amount of sugary drinks a child consumes," states Bill Chase, vice president of marketing for :DentalPlans. "Educating and engaging children about good oral health habits are vital to their health and wellbeing as adults. This new study suggests that sports drinks don't take long to start damaging teeth."

A recently released research from the Craniofacial Biology Research Group at the University of Adelaide in Australia has shown that permanent damage to the tooth enamel will occur within the first 30 seconds of high acidity coming into contact with the teeth. If high acidity drinks are consumed, it is not simply a matter of having a child clean their teeth an hour or 30 minutes later and hoping they'll be okay, the damage is already done.

:DentalPlans recommends the following tips for parents to help keep their kids hydrated after sports and maintain good oral hygiene.

  • Limit the quantity of sports drinks and instead keep kids hydrated with water before, during, and after sport activities.
  • Reduce the size of the drink or dilute the drink with water.
  • Add lemon, oranges or even cucumbers to plain water to give it more flavor.
  • Eat plenty of foods and drinks that are good for your oral health-including herbal teas, cheese, fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs and water.
  • Brush for two to three minutes, at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to reduce the bacteria and to help harden your teeth enamel.
  • Floss daily to remove plaque that can't be reached by your toothbrush.
  • Schedule regular preventive care and routine dental checkups. This is the best way to detect early signs of periodontal disease.

"We also want parents to know there are alternatives to dental insurance that are affordable and easy to obtain for their family. Dental savings plans, like those from :DentalPlans offer up to 60 percent off oral care procedures, have no caps for spending in a calendar year and can be activated right away to help in an emergency situation," adds Chase.

Although these plans are not insurance, the savings can be significant. Dental savings plans can help parents get affordable access to dental care for their children. For example,

Example savings:
Plan: Careington Care 500 Series
Scenario: Two Adults and Two Dependent Children
Annual Family Membership Fee: $189.95

  Typical Dentist Fee Sample Discounted Fee Total Savings
Routine 6 Month Check-up $73/person $19/person $216 for four
Adult Teeth Cleaning $122/adult $39/adult $166 for two
Child Teeth Cleaning $84/child $31/child $106 for two
Four Bitewing X-Rays $80/person $26/person $216 for four
Total Savings     $704*

Using the Careington Care 500 Series plan, which costs a low annual fee of $189.95, a family of four could save $704 just on their annual ADA recommended treatments alone. That's $514 in savings, when including the cost of the plan. And the savings can really add up when considering additional dental care that may be needed for you and your family, like sealants for children's teeth, crowns, braces, and more.*Note: This plan is not insurance.

About :DentalPlans
:DentalPlans has successfully been operating as a private exchange since 1999, as the largest dental savings plan marketplace. Similar to a membership at a warehouse club, consumers pay an annual fee and get access to reduced rates on dental services and cosmetic dentistry and orthodontia, as well as vision and pharmacy. Members can choose from more than 40 different plans from trusted healthcare brands, like Aetna, Careington, Signature Wellness, and UNI-CARE, and have access to more than 100,000 dentists in combined networks nationwide. :DentalPlans has affordable plans to fit any need and budget. And, depending on the plan you choose, consumers save 10 to 60 percent off services. Visitors of can compare plans by ZIP code or procedure, view sample savings and find a nearby dentist. :DentalPlans is committed to making you smile, by making access to quality oral healthcare affordable and available to everyone nationwide. It's one of the reasons the company has been on the Inc. 5000 list, 3 years standing. To connect with :DentalPlans visit us at or on Facebook at

Contact Information

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    Melissa Watkins 
    Public Relations Counsel 
    Office: 804-402-5316 

    Kelly Cioe
    Public Relations Counsel
    Office: 603-436-2347