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3/9/05-Tyler

Study Says Sports Drinks Bad Are For Teeth

Most Americans love sports drinks, especially kids.

"I drink it almost every day. I play basketball and I drink it after every practice," says one Hubbard Middle School Student.

More than 275 million dollars worth of energy drinks are sold every year. But should we be drinking that much? A new study says no, because it's ruining your teeth.

"Anytime you have a combination of acid and sugar, which they both have, you have perfect conditions, like the perfect storm for decay," says Dr. Rick Coker.

The study, published in General Dentistry magazine, marinated human tooth enamel in energy drinks for 14 days. The damage in just too weeks was three to 11 times greater than the damage caused by colas. Bad news for kids who drink it like water. But dentist Rick Coker says anyone who drinks it too much is at risk.

"I see more people who are late teens early 20's that are sitting in front of the computer terminal sipping on drinks. They end up having a significant amount of damage," he says.

The American Beverage Association, which represents commercial sports drinks says this study doesn't mirror reality. They say no one holds liquid in their mouth 24 hours a day so the study is flawed.

Dentists say if you have a choice in drinks go for water, but if you must drink sports drinks, try to rinse you mouth out afterward.

Michelle Mortensen , Reporting.

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