How energy drinks damage your teeth

IT is a well-known fact that soft drink is a common cause for tooth decay, but there are other highly destructive beverages going under the radar.

New studies from the Australian Dental Association show that the large amounts of acidic substances and sugar found in some pre-workouts and sport drinks can cause tooth erosion and decay.

The real danger lies in the constant sipping and frequent use of these drinks - a serious problem for avid gym-goers.

Manufacturers promote these supplements to portray "healthy" ideals of a lean muscular body - but they fail to mention the devastating effect they have on your teeth.

An association spokesperson said manufacturers of certain sports beverages and supplements were smart with how they hid the sugar content on labels.

"A quick glance at the label will let you know if the products you are consuming contain sugar or acid.

"Sugar can be masqueraded as a healthy ingredient such as honey, rice syrup, or even 'organic dehydrated cane juice'."

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One Dental Group centre practice manager Sommer Price said the best way to quickly tell whether you were ingesting something damaging was by looking the ingredients.

"Generally speaking, if an ingredient ends in 'ate' it's best to stay away," she said.

The chance that it contains something acidic, artificial sweeteners, citric acid or fructose is highly likely.

Ms Price said pre- and post-work outs were some of the "really bad ones" for overall tooth health.

"They are just horrible for your teeth, especially when people are drinking them daily before and after workouts or exercise," she said.

"The acids literally nibble away at your teeth and will leave you with shrunken stumps for teeth."

Ms Price said she has heard of procedures costing up to $20,000 for full mouth rehabilitations after serious tooth erosion and decay.

"This is why it is so important to build strong foundations of good dental health before the damage sets in," she said.

This week is Dental Health Week.

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