As the world we live in gets warmer, hydration for the sake of good health is becoming more important every day. Sales of bottled water and purifying water bottles are at an all-time high, but many people simply don’t like drinking pure, unadulterated water. Sparkling water is a popular solution that comes in various flavors, levels of sweetness, and degrees of carbonation.
Currently, multiple sparkling water brands are flooding the market to encourage people to up their fluid intake. Is sparkling water good for you, however, or are you risking your dental health by drinking it?
What Makes Water “Sparkling”
Carbonated drinks get their effervescence by forcing carbon dioxide into the water at a pressure rating of up to 1,200 pounds per square inch. Once you drink it, the carbon dioxide turns into carbonic acid, which can wear away your tooth enamel. If this happens, it can make teeth more susceptible to cavities, but the fact is the transformation occurs only after the drink enters your system. That means the acid doesn’t come into contact with the teeth under normal circumstances.
It’s Not the Sparkle That Counts
The actual carbonation in a beverage doesn’t affect dentition. Research by the American Dental Association showed that teeth soaked in sparkling water showed no difference in erosion compared with teeth soaked in regular water. We still need more research to reach a final conclusion, but the results suggest carbonation doesn’t do any harm.
That’s not the case with some types of flavored sparkling water, however. Drinks that contain high amounts of sugar can increase your risk for cavities. Artificial sweeteners like aspartame and xylitol can be harmful to your overall health when you drink large quantities. Beverages with lemon or orange flavoring have a higher citric acid content, as can adding a slice of lemon or lime to your sparkling water.
Protecting Your Teeth
So, if you can’t stand plain water, how can you get the amount of hydration you need while at the same time protecting your teeth? There are a few things you can do, such as:
- Minimizing the amount of time you keep sparkling water in contact with your teeth. Either drink it all in one sitting or have it with a meal instead of sipping continuously.
- Drink through a straw. This helps to keep the damaging acids and sugars away from your teeth.
- Avoid holding the drink in your mouth or swirling it around before you swallow.
- Skip flavored and sweetened waters as far as possible, whether they are carbonated or not.
- Rinse your mouth with plain water after eating or drinking anything containing sugar, carbonation, or citric acid.
- Get regular dental cleanings and exams to identify problems before they worsen.
Good daily hydration habits are essential to your overall health, but saving your natural teeth is also crucial for your wellbeing. Sparkling water is better for your teeth than soda or fruit juice.
Pure, filtered still water is even better, but if you really can’t stomach it, take the precautions necessary to protect your teeth while enjoying your drink. It’s still better than not getting enough fluids.
Contact Professional Endodontics today for more information on healthy oral habits, or schedule an appointment to discuss your endodontic needs with our qualified, compassionate team.
About Professional Endodontics
Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 50 years. The team specializes in treating issues with the inside of the tooth and goes out of its way to provide a safe easy environment for patients. Each member of the practice is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and values high-quality relationships with referring dentists and specialists. Each endodontist at Professional Endodontics has been individually chosen as Hour Detroit Magazine’s Best Dentists. Thanks to contemporary advances in endodontics, Professional Endodontics is able to use innovative technology to treat and save teeth that have suffered damage to the soft tissue within the roots of the tooth.
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