✨? Is Sparkling Water Bad for Your Teeth?
La Croix, San Pellegrino, and Perrier – most people either hate ’em or love ’em.
If you’re in the latter group of sparkling water lovers, and you also happen to have teeth, there’s a few things we want you to know.
Grab a glass of (non-sparkling) water, pull up a chair, and listen in:
The sad truth is that the beautiful little bubbles in sparkling water aren’t great for your teeth. Here’s what you need to know.
Let’s Talk About pH
The delightful bubbles in sparkling water come from carbonic acid, which can gradually wear away your tooth enamel.
Carbonic acid is a relatively weak acid. So, while sparkling waters like La Croix have a more acidic pH value than flat water (5.5 vs. 7 – neutral), they are much more neutral than soda, making it a better choice than reaching for a Coke.
However, the flavors in sparking water can bring the pH level down, making it harsher on tooth enamel.
In fact, a 2007 study concluded that “It would be inappropriate to consider these flavored sparkling waters as a healthy dental alternative to other acidic drinks, (such as orange juice).”
The Good News
There are many individual factors that affect your risk for enamel corrosion and cavities. These factors include how much acid and sugar you consume in your regular diet, your history of cavities, and how much fluoride you get from tap water and toothpaste.
If you are a generally healthy person, carbonated, sugar-free drinks won’t be your main cavity causing factor. If you want to err on the cautious side, you can dilute your sparkling water with regular water or swish with regular water after drinking.
Also, consider simply cutting back. If you drink sparkling water all day, try changing your routine to only have it at meals.
If you have questions about your orthodontic or oral health, don’t hesitant to contact us. And remember, your first orthodontic consultation in Brookings is free!