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Energy drinks ‘bathing teeth in acid’

Posted by Yvonne Wallace

A new study has found young people who consume a lot of energy drinks are effectively “bathing their teeth in acid”.

Research published in the May/June 2012 issue of General Dentistry – which is the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) – showed an increasing number of young people are using these drinks.

Poonam Jain, lead author of the study, stated individuals consume the drinks as they are trying to boost sports performance and energy levels and believe them to be healthier than soft drinks.

“Most of these patients are shocked to learn that these drinks are essentially bathing their teeth with acid,” she said.

AGD spokeswoman Jennifer Bone added teens should look to reduce their intake of sports and energy drinks to protect their oral health.

Professor Robin Seymour, a periodontologist and spokesman for Dentyl Active, previously warned soft drinks, sports drinks, juices and wine are all bad for the teeth as they contain a lot of acid.

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