Sports Drinks and Dental Health

Fact: Sugar is bad for dental health. It's a common sense fact that most of us seem to know, and maybe even take for granted. What doesn't seem to make much sense is that sports drinks appear to be high on the list of "dental don'ts." Recent studies are revealing that not only are soft drinks and fruit juices full of sugar, but so are most sports drinks! And researchers are now saying that sports drinks are just as bad for dental health as your favorite soda pop.

A study out of the University of Iowa School of Dentistry was recently presented at an annual meeting of the American Association for Dental Research in Orlando, Florida. In this study, it was emphasized that energy drinks and sports drinks are responsible for eroding tooth enamel, "especially Gatorade and Red Bull," says Leslie A. Ehlen. Dentists are becoming increasingly aware of the fact that sugary drinks are the major culprit in tooth decay.

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