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How do sports drinks damage tooth enamel?

Hydration during exercise is important, but reconsider guzzling sports drinks unless you're a true endurance athlete. In a study comparing the erosive effects of five different beverages -- including juice and soda -- sports drinks did the most harm. Their high concentration of strong acids produced the deepest enamel damage in teeth.

Sports drinks are generally acidic and loaded with sugar. The acid in the drink can erode the enamel on the teeth. The sugar in the drink can cause cavities. If you do drink a sports drink, try to brush and floss your teeth as soon as possible. Consider substituting water as your drink.

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