Carbonated water known as sparkling water, especially flavored sparkling water, is very popular right now. The drink has become a healthy 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 is healthy for your smile. There have been concerns 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, which can weaken your teeth. The important question to ask: does carbonated water have enough acidity to negatively affect your smile? According to the research currently available, sparkling water is not harmful for your teeth.
Water Is Water
Studies have shown that regular water and carbonated water were about equal when it came to the effects had on tooth enamel. Even though sparkling water is just slightly more acidic than ordinary water, it is all seems to be just water when it comes to your teeth. Sparkling water is much better for your teeth than sugary drinks, so it is a healthier option. Though, it is important to note that fluoridated water is the best for your teeth. Fluoride helps to strengthen enamel.
Read the Labels
Carbonated water that includes added sugar should not be considered a safe-for-smile sparkling water. Added sugar contributes to acidic attacks on your teeth. You should note that sparkling water that does not include added sugar, but is citrus-flavored, will have a higher level of acid. This does include flavors like lemon, lime, pamplemousse (grapefruit), orange, and tangerine. As with any potentially harmful beverage, it is better to drink alongside a meal rather than sipped on throughout the day. Drinking a sugary or acidic drink with a meal can help get the potential danger out of your mouth faster instead of exposing your smile to acid throughout the day. When drinking coffee, sweet tea, soda, and the like, remember to drink it with a meal and follow it with plain old water.
Do you have more questions about your smile?
We can help answer your smile questions. To schedule a consultation, call Grinnell Street Dental at (307) 672-7567. Located in Sheridan, WY, we also proudly serve the residents of Gillette, Billings, Miles City, and all surrounding communities.