Is Sparkling Water Bad for My Teeth?

Is Sparkling Water Bad for My Teeth?

Sparkling Water 

Is the satisfying fizz of your favorite sparkling water putting you at risk for tooth decay? Because any drink with carbonation—including sparkling water—has a higher acid level, some have questioned whether sipping sparkling water will weaken your tooth enamel (the hard outer shell of your teeth where cavities first form). 

So, Is Sparkling Water Affecting My Teeth?

According to available research, even though sparkling water is slightly more acidic than ordinary water, it's all just water to your teeth. In a study using teeth donated for research, researchers tested to see whether sparkling water would attack tooth enamel more aggressively than regular water. The result? The two forms of water were about the same in their effects on tooth enamel. This finding suggests that sparkling water is generally fine for your teeth. The Dentists’ at Hulse Dental always recommend drinking plenty of water, sparkling or still, to improve your dental and overall health.

Enjoy Plain Sparkling Water – Watch For Added Flavors and Sugars

  • Sparkling water is far better for your teeth than sugary drinks. In addition, be sure to drink plenty of regular, fluoridated water, too—it’s the best beverage for your teeth. Water with fluoride naturally helps fight cavities, washes away the leftover food cavity-causing bacteria feast on and keeps your mouth from becoming dry (which can put you at a higher risk of cavities). Drinking water also helps maintain your dental work such as crowns, veneers and your gums.
  • Be mindful of what’s in your sparkling water. Citrus-flavored waters often have higher acid levels that does increase the risk of damage to your enamel. Plan to enjoy these in one sitting or with meals. This way, you aren’t sipping it throughout the day and exposing your teeth over and over again to the slightly higher level of acid it contains.
  • Sparkling water brands with added sugar can no longer be considered just sparkling water. They are a sugar-sweetened beverage, which can contribute to your risk of developing cavities. So remember—sparkling or not—plain water is always the best choice.

If you have questions about the ways in which your eating habits have affected your teeth, or if you have questions in general, the Dentists at Hulse Dental in Onalaska, WI are happy to answer them. With over 35 years of combined experience treating patients’ dental health, Dr. Kurt Hulse and Dr. Zach Case have the experience and knowledge you can trust to get the answers you need. The dentists along with their team provide preventative, restorative, and cosmetic care including cleanings, implants, veneers, teeth whitening and Invisalign for the entire family. Call us or visit our website to learn more about our team and our clinic.

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