“We all know sugar, particularly refined sugar, has a detrimental effect on teeth, as it feeds the decay-causing bacteria,” says dentist Gerald Regan. “Energy products are designed to give runners carbohydrate, mainly in the form of sugar. Sugar also creates an acidic environment in your mouth, which can lead to loss of enamel over time – so there’s obviously a problem for teeth.”
We asked Gerald for his top tips for reducing the damage to your teeth without needing to give up those sometimes-vital energy sweets…
Always try to brush your teeth using a fluoride toothpaste, or use a fluoride mouthwash before you go out for a run.
Chewy energy products are often almost 50% sugar and sticky – these would appear to be worse than gels, which contain less sugar and spend a shorter time in your mouth.
If possible, try to reduce the number of times you use an energy product while out running.