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A problem usually associated with candy and colas can now also be attributed to sports drinks. A recent study conducted at the United Kingdom's University of Birmingham shows that athletes who consumed performance sports drinks had 30 times more tooth-enamel erosion than those who consumed water.

The culprit? Acids and other additives, which are included in sports drinks for taste, content and increased shelf life. The problem occurs when you sip these beverages over a long period, says J. Anthony von Fraunhofer, the study's lead author and professor at the University of Maryland Dental School (Baltimore).

You can reduce your risk of tooth-enamel erosion by following these tips:

* Don't drink sports drinks continuously throughout the day.

* Drink sports drinks out of a squeeze bottle or use a straw.

* After downing your sports drink, rinse out your mouth with water, says von Fraunhofer.


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