Family Dentistry along with the Indiana Dental Association are focusing on educating all on what drinks can destroy the teeth. Please check out this video on the effects of what drinks can do to the teeth. Most parents think that sports drinks are a better choice for teeth over soda/pop or other sugary drinks. Sports drinks are actually the worst due to not only the sugar that they contain but the acid that eats away the enamel and creates cavities. When tested on the drink that eats away at the enamel- Gatorade is the worst, followed by Red Bull, and then Coca-Cola. The only drink that actually improves the enamel to teeth is milk. The sugar and acid that is contained in all the sports drinks, energy drinks, sodas, juices, and sugary drinks will soften and destroy the tooth enamel and therefore lead to cavities. Many athletes prefer to drink the sports or energy drinks so if you must- drink them cold, drink before your sports game, don’t brush your teeth immediately with the acid on the teeth, use a straw to eliminate as much drink on the teeth, drink all at once and not sip all day, and drink water following the drink. Family Dentistry with Drs. Ogle, Schmitz, Hart, & Fickas promote healthy living for healthy teeth that will last a lifetime. So please be cautious of the drinks that you provide yourself and your family!