Sparkling water is everywhere. But have you ever asked yourself the question; “is sparkling water bad for your teeth?”
Whether it’s at the corner store, a friend’s house or your favourite restaurant, sparkling water is growing in popularity. Some of us might indulge in sparkling water while others guzzle it throughout the day.
You might find it worrisome when you read headlines that your favourite sparkling water is damaging your teeth and oral health. But is it true? Is sparkling water damaging your teeth?
“It’s true that sparkling water is more acidic than natural or tap water,” says Dr. Maryam Adibfar, a leading Toronto dentist. “But you must be curious about how this can be if there is no sugar or other ingredients.”
Let’s take a closer look at why and how sparkling water may be doing your teeth, gums and oral health a disservice.
Is Sparkling Water Hurting Your Teeth?
Your favourite water gets its tantalizing fizz from carbon dioxide. “When consumed, there is a chemical reaction that turns this delicious beverage into a more acidic fluid,” explains Dr. Adibfar. “This reaction gives it that refreshing taste you’ve come to love.”
This is where is can pose a problem for your teeth. Acidic drinks like this can have a negative impact on your teeth by wearing down its enamel. Sparkling water is far less acidic than let’s say your favourite juice or soft drink, but it is more acidic than normal water.
“If you’re drinking sparkling water throughout the day, you’re exposing your delicate teeth and gums to acidity on a constant basis,” says Dr. Adibfar. “This can impact your teeth’s enamel, structure and health.”
Healthy Drinks Aren’t Always Good for Your Teeth
Many health professionals and nutritionists will recommend adding lime or lemon to sparkling water to give it natural flavour. “This will actually make your favourite beverage even more acidic,” says Dr. Adibfar. “Be cautious when it comes to the beverages you choose to consume throughout a day.”
What Should You Be Drinking for Healthy Teeth?
“We recommend stilling to regular still water if you’re going to sip on a beverage throughout the day,” says Dr. Adibfar. “It is the safest thing for your teeth to because it has the lowest acidity levels.”
What Are the Signs of Enamel Erosion?
Do you choose fizzy water over still? Are you more likely to sip on soft drinks and juice than water? Have you ever wondered what you should be looking out for when it comes to enamel erosion?
Enamel erosion can hurt your oral health. Keep an eye out for sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks and even a yellow or darker colouring of your teeth.
“Cavities and gum disease are oral health issues that receive more attention,” said Dr. Adibfar. “But enamel erosion, even though a slow process, can cause significant oral health issues if overlooked.”
The Bottom Line About Fizzy Water
The best thing you can do is to avoid exposing your teeth to highly acidic beverages. Try to avoid pop, juice and sparkling water when possible. We aren’t saying to avoid it at all times, but choose plain water whenever possible.
Most importantly, whether you enjoy sparkling water or not, you should see your dentist on an ongoing basis to ensure your teeth are healthy, strong and beautiful.
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