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What You Should Know About Protein Shakes & Your Teeth

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Protein shakes and protein powders can be a fantastic supplement for those who are working out and trying to gain muscle. But it’s important to closely evaluate the ingredients label of your protein shake or protein powder.

Watch Out for the Sugar

Many protein shakes and powders contain sugar to make the drink palatable. It’s easy to lose sight of your sugar intake when it’s sneaking into your diet through a supplement, but it will still cause tooth decay, among other things. If you’re drinking protein drinks regularly, it’s important that you stay vigilant about your dental health. Here are some things you can do to help keep your mouth clean after a protein drink.

  • Drink water. If you’re supplementing your workout with a protein shake, you’re probably way ahead of us–you’ve been hydrating. It’s important to drink water right after your shake. Water will flush out some of the sugar the shake left behind on your teeth.
  • Chew sugarless gum. Keep a pack of gum on hand to chew after your shake. Gum has been proven to benefit your teeth. Chewing gum tells the mouth to produce more saliva, which washes away the bad stuff and protects your teeth. The American Dental Association recommends chewing gum for 20 minutes after eating–a great follow up to the protein shake.
  • Keep a snack like carrots, apples, or almonds on hand. These are foods that actually clean your teeth as you eat them. They are no substitute for regular brushing and flossing, but they are a smart way to follow up your protein shake, and hold you over until you can brush.

As with anything we eat, it’s important to consider how it’s impacting our teeth. While you may be drinking protein shakes to strengthen your body, remember to keep your teeth strong too. Brush, floss, and come see us Edgewater Dental Arts every six months to keep your teeth in shape!

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.