Energy drinks and sports drinks are very popular today. Most people do not realize these drinks, if consumed on a regular basis can cause permanent damage to your teeth. A recent study published in General Dentistry and covered in our local newspaper highlights the erosive damage to the outer protective enamel layer of the teeth. Once the enamel is gone, it does not grow back. Unfortunately, “sugar free” does not mean “acid free” and can still cause considerable damage to your teeth. When I need to have a jolt of energy, a bag of baby carrots or an apple will do the trick.