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By now, many people are aware of the dangers posed by sugary drinks and snacks. While you may know that a soft drink is loaded with sugar, what do you know about energy drinks? Over the years, energy drinks have become very popular, especially with young people. But they aren’t a safe alternative to soft drinks.

Energy drinks contain high levels of caffeine and taurine, neither of which are beneficial to growing bodies, since they can cause health problems.  Energy drinks, and even sports drinks can contain high levels of acid, which can cause damage to a person’s teeth. In fact, energy drinks can cause twice as much damage to your teeth as sports drinks. Many energy drinks contain very high levels of sugar, which is plays a big part in promoting tooth decay. Since many people, especially young people may consume several of these drinks each day, the potential for damage is increased.

The truth of the matter is that the best drink for your teeth, and for your overall health is water. Water not only hydrates the body, but also the mouth. It can wash away the acids and food debris that can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Sports drinks are fine for when you are on the field, and an energy drink now and then may make a nice treat, but it is important that you keep in mind the effects these drinks can have on your oral health, and that you remember to brush your teeth thirty minutes after having one. If you would like more information on ways you can keep your mouth health and happy, or if it is just time for your regular appointment, our dentist, Dr. Robert Page will be happy to see you. To plan your next visit at Congress Dental Group in Boston, Massachusetts, call (617) 574-8700 today!