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It isn’t  news that sugary soft drinks lead to tooth decay. However sports drinks, and especially energy drinks, have gain popularity over the last few years, and many of them contain as much sugar as soda. Sugar enhances the bacteria that causes tooth decay. The drink clings to the plaque present on the tooth and around and between the teeth promoting decay. Acid is another factor leading to tooth decay and it softens the tooth enamel and damages the outer layer of the tooth. Sugar causes tooth decay and acid cause tooth erosion.

When checking the acid content of a drink, keep in mind the lower the pH, the stronger the acid. For a reference point, water has a pH of 7. 

Does the amount of the drink matter? Yes, it does.   Sipping on a large drink all day leads over time to a added negative effect. the longer it takes to drink the sugary acidic beverage, the longer it is in contact with the teeth, the greater the damage.

what about when the drink is consumed? When you find your mouth is parched from exercise, the weather or medications,  your mouth is dry and doesn’t have much saliva in it. At these times downing a sport or energy drink should not be your first choice and the sugar and acid attach to the tooth more quickly. Drink water first, then if you still choose to partake in a sugary laden, acid drink, you have a better chance of less damage. 

Another good tip is to sip these beverages through a straw to bypass the front teeth. Try to consume with food. Use a fluoride containing product, like toothpaste and or mouthrinse.

Visit for free downloads, including Acid and Sugar Content of Common Drinks table and lesson plans provided by the Indiana Dental Association

Another valuable link is courtesy of CNN news. This was very informative and shocking, as it compares sugar content of your favorite beverage to popular snacks.

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