Sparkling water, especially flavored sparkling water, is a very trendy drink right now. Flavored sparkling water has become the go-to choice for those that want to get the bubbles they like about soda without the additional sugar. However, many people have begun to question whether or not carbonation is safe for the smile. There have been worries that because carbonation, including sparkling water, has a higher level of acidity that it can lead to attacks on the outer layer of the teeth known as enamel. Have you found yourself asking, is sparkling water safe for my smile?
Water Is Good For Your Smile
According to the research that is currently available, sparkling water is safe for your teeth. Studies have shown that regular water and carbonated water are about the same when it comes to the effects had on tooth enamel. While sparkling water does have a slightly level of acid than regular water, the effects on your teeth are the same. Water in any form is much better for your teeth than drinks loaded with sugar. If you are looking for the best beverage for your teeth, look for fluoridated tap water for that boost of mineralization.
Avoided Added Sugar
Any sparkling water that includes sweetener or added sugar should not be considered as sparkling water. Sugar can create acidic attacks on your teeth’s enamel. Even sparkling water that does not include added sugar or sweetener, but has citrus flavoring, will have a higher level of acid. Citrus flavors include lemon, lime, pamplemousse (grapefruit), orange, and tangerine. When you choose to drink any potentially harmful beverage (coffee, sweet tea, soda, etc.), it is best to drink along with a meal rather than sipped on throughout the day. Drinking a beverage with a meal can help keep the danger rinsed away instead of constant exposure to acid throughout the day.
Do you have any questions about smile safety?
Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris are here to answer any smile questions you have. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris of Mansfield Dentist Associates in Mansfield, TX, call (817) 473-6227. We treat patients from the Mansfield, South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, and Midlothian areas