Sparkling water. Club soda. Carbonated water. Seltzer. Soda water. Whatever you decide to call it, it has become a much bigger sensation in recent years, with even more brands on the market offering an ever-growing assortment of flavors. Perhaps you find it more refreshing than plain water but are curious about whether that added carbonation could damage your teeth. Let’s get to the facts!
The Effect of Fizzy Water
Some people are concerned that the higher acid level that comes with carbonation means that sparkling water can wear down your tooth enamel and make you more vulnerable to decay and tooth sensitivity. The good news is that current research doesn’t show a significant problem regarding your teeth if you drink plain sparkling water. Yes, it’s slightly more acidic but not enough to pose a concern.
Now, if you’re looking to drink some sparkling water that has sugar added to it for taste, that’s another story. Same goes for sparkling water that includes citric acid, like say an orange or grapefruit-flavored sparkling water. Added sugar and acidity like that will increase your risk of enamel erosion, and therefore decay, cavities, and sensitivity.
The Issue with Other Fizzy Drinks
Unlike plain sparkling water, other carbonated beverages, such as soda and sparkling juice, don’t get the go-ahead from dental professionals. A big issue with regular soda and sparkling juice is the amount of sugar they contain. These sticky beverages will feed your bad oral bacteria, increasing your risk of decay and cavities. Even sipping on a diet soda can erode your enamel. While diet soda doesn’t contain real sugar, it is more acidic than sparkling water.
How to Protect Your Teeth
Our general recommendation is to enjoy plain sparkling water without worry but to also make it a habit to regularly drink regular fluoridated water as well. And whenever possible, swap sodas and other sugary drinks for water or plain sparkling water. Additionally, brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, floss at least once a day, and visit us every six months here at Pier Dental Centre. Contact us today for more dental health tips!