7 'Healthy' Drinks for Kids ... That Aren't

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Prevent Enamel Damage

About half of all American teens drink energy drinks and nearly a third of them drink at least one sports drink per day. These so-called "healthy" drinks for kids are causing permanent damage to tooth enamel after only five days of exposure. This damage causes pain, sensitivity and makes teeth prone to cavities and decay, according to a study published in the May/June 2012 issue of General Dentistry.

So how can you protect your child's teeth and offer delicious thirst-quenchers? Poonam Jain, B.D.S., M.S., M.P.H., author of the study and Professor and Director at the SIU School of Dental Medicine, reveals safer drink options to keep your kid hydrated and healthy.