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Sports and Energy Drinks: Are they bad for my teeth?

Anyone who has watched a major sporting event on TV has seen a stream of commercials advocating the use of a sports drink to enhance or "fuel" their workout.  The perception is often even conveyed that the energy drink is a necessary part of the workout and that the body would be depleted without it.  Really?
Over the years I have noticed how the regular consumption of sports and energy drinks have had a negative impact on the teeth.  In patients with the habit, I generally notice that the teeth turn glossy smooth and have dips in the front aspect of the tooth and tooth structure loss on the backs of the teeth on the upper jaw.
The enamel actually looks worse, cosmetically, as well as it loses some of it's translucency.
Notice, I did not specify that cavities were present.  They aren't always there.  The teeth are given one acid wash at a time and lose their sharpness and cutting ability, sometimes with cavities and sometimes without.
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