Media Statement

4 August, 2015

Industry responds to the Australian Dental Associations (ADA) warnings of the impact of sports drinks on oral health

Responding to the Australian Dental Associations (ADA) warnings of the impact of sports drinks on oral health, Australian Beverages Council CEO Geoff Parker states:

“Any food or drink that contains fermentable carbohydrates (sugars and some starches), including sports drinks, can play a role in the development of tooth decay, if proper dental hygiene is not practiced.

Dietary sources of fermentable carbohydrates include many popular foods and drinks, including bread, cereals, dried fruit, confectionary, biscuits and a range of snack foods and drinks. 

Poor oral health is often the result of a range of factors and eating a balanced diet is critical to overall health and wellness which includes a good oral health regime.

Recent ABS data for the Australian Health Survey shows that just 1.3% of Australians consumed a sports drink on the day of the survey. Interestingly, the ADA’s own statistics show 30% of all Australians only brush their teeth once a day, and 37% of Australian parents admit that their children only brush once a day. The ADA clearly states one of the ways to reduce tooth decay is to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. This message clearly isn’t reaching a significant part of the Australian population.

Sports drinks are designed for people involved in intense exercise and should be consumed in moderation. The products are specifically designed to provide rapid replacement of fluid, carbohydrates, and electrolytes”

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For more information contact:

Geoff Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Beverages Council, M: +61 407 646 195

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