Sparkling water is a refreshing beverage that can quench thirst without any of the unhealthy qualities of a beverage like soda. However, some believe that sparkling water can actually be damaging to teeth. So, is it too good to be true?
How Does Sparkling Water Impact Teeth?
Sparkling water is slightly more acidic than normal tap water. Acid levels matter because your teeth are healthiest at a pH of 7.0 or higher. When your mouth is at a lower, more acidic pH, acid wears away on tooth enamel and can cause cavities and tooth decay. Because sparkling water only slightly increases the pH of your mouth, it is typically safe to consume.
Is Sparkling Water Good for Teeth?
If you consume sparkling water in large quantities, it may start to negatively impact the health of your teeth due to the increased exposure to acid. You should also keep in mind that citrus-flavored sparkling water or sparkling water that has sugar added can be much more damaging to your teeth than plain sparkling water. Citrus is high in acid that can wear away on enamel. Sugar feeds the bacteria in your mouth and causes them to produce acid that can wear away on enamel.
While sparkling water is much healthier than soda, it should also be enjoyed in moderation. You should enjoy it in a single sitting or with a meal so that your teeth aren’t periodically being exposed to the higher acid content throughout the day.
The beverage your teeth really wants is just plain old tap water! Tap water contains fluoride, a mineral that actually strengthens teeth. Water also fights cavities by washing away any leftover food particles before bacteria and acid have a chance to develop. To ask our team any questions about caring for your teeth or to schedule your next appointment, call our office today!