Is Sparkling Water Bad for Your Teeth?
Richview Family Dentistry has some facts about how sparkling water can affect your teeth.
The fizz of sparkling water is more satisfying than plain water to some people, but what effect does it have on your teeth? According to American Dental Association (ADA) research, sparkling water is generally acceptable for teeth. But beware of some sparkling waters that include sugar.
What to watch out for:
- Some citrus-flavored waters have higher levels of acid, increasing the risk of damage to your tooth enamel.
- Sparkling brands with added sugar can no longer be considered just sparkling water. They are sugar-sweetened beverages and can contribute to your risk of developing cavities.
- Sparkling water or not – plain water is always the best choice.
Why plain water is best:
- Water is always good for your health.
- Staying hydrated helps your system distribute healthy nutrients,
- It gets rid of waste,
- It gives your skin a healthy glow
- And keeps your muscles moving.
- It’s also the best thing you can do for your teeth.
- Drinking water with fluoride is one of the easiest ways to help prevent cavities.
- Research has shown that children living in areas without fluoride had more tooth decay than children in areas with fluoridation.
- It keeps your mouth clean.
- Water cleans your mouth with every sip, washing away leftover food and residue.
- It also dilutes the acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth.
- You still need to brush your teeth twice a day, but drinking water throughout the day will go a long way toward keeping your teeth cavity-free.
- It fights dry mouth
- Saliva washes away leftover food and rinses your teeth with calcium, phosphate, and fluoride.
- When your saliva runs low, a dry mouth can put you at risk for tooth decay.
- Drinking water can help cut your risk.
So, enjoy that sparkling water but remember your best bet is just plain old tap water.
If it has been a while since your last check-up or if you’re new to the area and looking for a family dentist, give us a call today at (931) 647-2243. We love new patients at Richview Family Dentistry!