Sparkling water, especially flavored sparkling water, is very popular right now. The drink has become a choice for those that want to get the bubbles of soda without the additional sugar. However, it has come into question of whether or not carbonation can weaken your teeth. There have been worries that any carbonation, including sparkling water, has a higher level of acidity. Acidity can lead to attacks on the outer layer of your teeth known as enamel. The important question to ask: does sparkling water have enough acidity to negatively affect your smile?
Water With Bubbles Is Still Water
According to the currently available research, sparkling water is not harmful for your teeth. Studies have shown that regular water and carbonated water were about the same in the effects had on tooth enamel. Even though sparkling water is slightly more acidic than ordinary water, it is all just water when it comes to your teeth. Sparkling water is much better for your teeth than sugary drinks. Though, it is important to note that fluoridated water is the best for your teeth, as it helps to strengthen your enamel.
Be Wary Of Added Sugar
Sparkling water that includes added sugar should not be considered as sparkling water. Added sugar can contribute to acidic attacks on your teeth. It should also be noted that sparkling water that does not include added sugar, but is citrus-flavored, will have a higher level of acid. This includes flavors like lemon, lime, pamplemousse (grapefruit), orange, and tangerine. As with any potentially harmful beverage, it is best to drink alongside a meal rather than sipped on throughout the day. Drinking a sugary or acidic drink with a meal can help keep the danger rinsed away instead of exposing your smile to acid throughout the day. When drinking coffee, sweet tea, soda, etc., remember to drink it with a meal and follow it with plain old water.
Do you have questions about your smile?
Dr. Cabal can help answer questions about your smile. To schedule a consultation, call our Ft. Worth, TX, office today at (817) 236-7846. We serve adults, teens, and children from White Settlement, North Fort Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and surrounding Texas communities.