A lot has been said about how much sparkling water is better for the teeth than soda drinks. Sodas have too much sugar, increasing the risk of cavities and tooth decay; and too much acid, increasing the risk of enamel erosion. With unsweetened sparkling water, you get to enjoy the familiar fizzy feeling without being exposed to any of the risks. At least, this is the general belief. How true is it? Find out below:
- A recent study compared the effect of sparkling water and regular tap water on the teeth. The results indicated that sparkling water has higher acid content than tap water, but the difference is not significant enough to harm the teeth.
- Note, however, that sparkling water with citrus flavors are more acidic than the unsweetened ones. The acid content in these drinks is high enough to cause slight erosion of the enamel. If you must, finish the drink in one sitting. This reduces the time your teeth are exposed to the acid content.
- Some water brands have added sugar. Since they are sweetened, they can no longer be seen as just sparkling water. They increase your risk of tooth decay.
- Some studies indicate that sparkling water is more erosive when they are cold and bubbly. The safest form of sparkling water is at room temperature and decarbonated.
The general consensus among researchers is that sparkling water is better for the teeth than soda drinks. But not as good for the teeth as fluoride-rich tap water.
If you are a regular consumer of soda drinks, you are at risk of a number of serious dental issues. Visit a dentist now for a professional cleaning to reduce your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. If you live in Houston, pay us a visit at Pearl Shine Dental. Call 281-477-7200 now to make an appointment.