Dentists say you should drink water to stop bad breath and prevent decay. However, drinking sparkling water may not be as good for your teeth as tap water. In theory, carbonated drinks are harmful to your teeth because they have a higher level of acidity that breaks down enamel. With that said, do not be afraid to drink sparkling water. Recent research has shown that regular tap water has the same effect as sparkling water on teeth. Although, below are a few elements in sparkling water that could damage your teeth.
Many sparkling water brands have different flavors such as orange or lime. Some citrus sparkling water drinks have more acidity which increases the risk of damaging your enamel. Drink these options during a meal or during short intervals to avoid exposing your teeth to acid over a long period of time.
Compared to sugary drinks such as soda or juice, any type of water is better for your teeth. However, beware of the added sugars within sparkling water. Natural sugars are better than added sugars. Although, remember that natural fruit sugars still break down tooth enamel. Read the ingredients before drinking sparkling water.
Lack of Flouride
In the United States, tap water includes fluoride. This is a natural material that coats your teeth. With this, the enamel on the surface of your teeth strengthens and reduces decay. Again, before drinking, look at the bottle of the sparkling water brands that do include fluoride.1
In general, enamel, your tooth’s protector, can be broken down by acids with carbonation. Once the enamel is broken, a hole may begin to develop and create a cavity. If the cavity progresses, the hole can extend to the root and make a painful root canal. The best way to prevent this process is to follow a good oral hygiene routine and stay informed about the foods and drinks that you are consuming. For more information, contact Dr. Dernick at Smiles of Memorial.