Hidden sugars and acids in sports and energy drinks and soda could be ruining your pearly whites.
According to Dr. Todd Mabry, with Delta Dental, sugar itself doesn't rot teeth, but rather, the acid produced when sugar mixes with certain bacteria in your mouth does.
According to a University of Iowa study, a leading sports drink had the greatest erosion potential on both enamel and roots of teeth when compared to leading brands of energy drinks, soda and apple juice.
You may think brushing your teeth after drinking your favorite sweet and acidic drink will help, but Mabry warns against it.
He says brushing teeth right away can actually do more damage. Drink water before and after your sweet concoction and brush teeth an hour afterward.
If your kids find water boring, consider adding slices of orange, lemon or cucumber to make it more appealing. It isn't going to add enough acidity to do harm and there will be no sugar.
Although sports drinks are sugary, athletes often turn to them to replenish electrolytes.
However, Mabry says recent studies suggest low-fat chocolate milk may be as good as a sports drink at promoting recovery between workouts.
What's hidden in your favorite drink?
1. Monster ph- 2.7, 54 grams of sugar, 16 oz
2. Powerade ph- 3, 34 grams of sugar, 32 oz
3. Rock star ph- 3, 62 grams of sugar, 16 oz
4. Coke (20 oz), pH 3, 65 grams of sugar
5. Propel, pH 3.2, 0 grams sugar
6. Apple juice ph- 3.5, 50 grams of sugar, 15 oz
7. Red bull ph- 3.5, 27 grams of sugar, 8.4 oz
8. Gatorade ph- 3.5, 34 grams of sugar, 32 oz
9. Diet Coke pH 4, 0 grams of sugar, 20 oz
10. Starbucks Vanilla Latte- pH 5, 41 grams of sugar- 20 oz
11. Choc. Milk ph- 6.7, 48 grams of sugar, 16oz
(The lower the Ph number, the higher the acidity.)