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Recently  I have been seeing a trend in my practice.  A healthy, young adult who has received regular dental care finds they suddenly have several new cavities.  I have seen it three times in the last week.  What is going on here?

In visiting with each, I have found a common thread.  Each is concerned about their health and have opted to avoid soft drinks and to consume sports drinks instead.  I have been doing some reading and have found that many studies are showing this same finding.  Here is one non-technical article that is informative and a good staring point for those interested in knowing more.  http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,187515,00.html

Like many things in life, moderation is the key.  If you must drink the sports drinks (or soft drinks for that matter) do so responsibly.  It may not hurt to rinse with water after the drink.  Come to think of it, good old water is a wonderful thirst quencher.  Maybe we should all consider drinking more of it!

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