One quick way to work out whether what you are drinking is beneficial to your dental and overall health is to be familiar with the nutritional label located on the side of the drink.
Sports drinks often contain added sugar and ingredients that cause the drink to have a low pH, making it acidic. Drinking these types of drinks regularly can cause damage to the teeth over time. Sugary drinks can cause tooth decay while acidic drinks can cause tooth erosion where the tooth structure is worn away.
In the list of ingredients, words such as sugar, glucose, dextrose, fruit juice concentrate and cane sugar may be found. These are all sources of added sugar.
Ingredients that can make the drink acidic include citric acid, sodium benzoate, and sodium citrate.