Energy and sports drinks are extremely popular amongst teenagers and young adults, especially. Students gulp down Monsters to stay attentive in class, interns sip on 5 Hour Energy cans in order to meet deadlines, and athletes guzzle Red Bull and Gatorade to help enhance their performance. But are they really a “healthier” option?

The two major ingredients found in energy and sports drinks are caffeine and sugar. Surprisingly, they contain 4-8 teaspoons of sugar (about half of what’s found in a can of Coke). The residue left on enamel after drinking is converted into acid. Acid is what eats away at tooth enamel, causing cavities and others oral health set-backs. Some sports, energy and health drinks are so acidic that they are as corrosive as stomach acid and battery acid. So obviously, the habit of consuming these drinks can take a toll on the mouth, slowing wearing away the enamel on teeth and causing irreparable damage to the teeth.

Like anything, enjoy these sugary drinks in moderation, but stick to water and less acidic liquids on a daily basis for the best results. If you’re guilty of indulging in energy or sports drinks for a long time, it’s time to make an appointment and take care of your teeth!