You may have seen a lot more cans and bottles of sparkling water in the aisles of your grocery store. Water with carbonation is very trendy right now, and with all things trendy, there comes a question of whether or not it is a good trend. Some people have raised concerns that the added levels of acidity that carbonation can add to water may be harmful for teeth. However, studies show that carbonated water is equal to non-carbonated water in effects to the teeth. This means that sparkling water is not harmful to your smile and may in fact be healthful, if it inspires you to drink more water. Your dental team in Lafayette, LA is always available to answer your smile-related questions.
Avoid Added Sugar
To be clear, the sparkling water shown equal to regular water was the kind without added sugar. If there is added sugar, it is considered a soda. Some citrus flavors (even the varieties without added sugar) like lemon, lime, or pamplemousse (grapefruit) can introduce a lot of acidity to your smile. Acidity can lead to erosion of your teeth’s enamel, so it is important to keep your mouth’s pH balanced. If you are choosing a beverage that may be harmful, such as one with sugar and/or acidity, it can be safer to drink it alongside a meal rather than sipping on it throughout the day. Drinking with a meal can keep it moving out of the mouth and limit the exposure to your smile.
Benefits of Water
Carbonated water without added sugar can provide you with hydration like regular water can. Hydration is good for your body and it is also good for your smile. It can help induce the production of saliva, your body’s natural rinsing agent to keep your mouth clean. It can help keep bad breath away. It can help keep your smile clear of the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Do you have any questions about what can harm your smile?
Dr. Young wants to help you keep your smile safe from harm. To schedule a consultation, contact our office in Lafayette, LA at 337-237-6453. We proudly serve patients from Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and surrounding communities