You Should Know

August 1997 Issue

Drinking Too Many Sports Drinks Isn't Anything to Smile About

Do you like to swig a sports drink after a hot summer work-out? Drink too much and you may not be smiling for long. That's the charge leveled by a British dentist whose patient—a 23-year athlete with extensive front tooth erosion—had regularly guzzled sports drinks for over a year. Sports drinks—such as Gatorade and PowerAde—are designed to replace carbohydrates and electrolytes after prolonged exercise. But some may damage tooth enamel if drunk in

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