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Interproximal Decay and High Energy DrinksBy: Mike Pulido, D.D.S. October 1, 2014In recent years, I have observed an increase in patients with interproximal (between the teeth) decay. Thisgot me curious as to what was causing this increase. I proceeded to poll patients with interproximal decayand found three common denominators: 1) they drink high energy drinks, such as Monster, Red Bull, 5 HourEnergy, etc.; 2) they drink filtered water that has no fluoride, such as bottled, refrigerator, etc; and 3) theydo not floss much.High energy drinks pit the enamel between the teeth where the floss would be applied. This pitting initiates the first step towards tooth decay.The only way to know if you have this decay is through pain once the decay gets too close to the nerve or through diagnosing by taking X-rays.Should you use these drinks, it is very important to floss and make sure you do not miss your routine hygiene appointments and checkups. Thistype of decay is completely avoidable and most commonly seen in age groups ranging from 12 - 30 year olds.