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Most people know that consuming sports drinks and other sugary beverages can be damaging to their teeth, but they may not realize how much of a threat these drinks pose to their dental health. Recently, a study published in General Dentistry found that high levels of sugary beverage consumption, particularly among adolescents, is causing irreversible damage to teeth.
Specifically, the acid found in sports and energy drinks is eroding tooth enamel, which is the outer layer of the teeth.
"Young adults consume these drinks assuming that they will improve their sports performance and energy levels and that they are 'better' for them than soda," said Poonam Jain, B.D.S., M.S., M.P.H., lead author of the study. "Most of these patients are shocked to learn that these drinks are essentially bathing their teeth with acid."
Jennifer Bone, D.D.S. a spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry, said that she regularly sees teens in her office complaining of tooth sensitivity and with multiple cavities. When she talks to them them about what foods and beverages they consume, many of them do not realize that sports and energy drinks and most likely behind their tooth decay.
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