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Sparkling Water and Your Teeth: Is it Really a Healthy Alternative?

April 3, 2024

sparkling waterIn the last decade or so, we have seen an enormous effort from companies attempting to help curb our addiction to soda. One way companies are doing this is with delicious, fun, and colorful sparkling water options. Brands like Waterloo, La Croix, and Spindrift, among others, are all the rage for people who want to choose a healthier beverage. But, what if these options aren’t the healthiest . . . at least for your teeth? Here are some things to consider.

Sparkling Water and Your Enamel

It might be delicious and refreshing, but sparkling water isn’t just an innocent combination of water and natural flavors. Part of the carbonation process that gives sparkling water its satisfying, bubbly nature involves a level of acidity added to the drink. While usually, the acid is not enough to cause a lot of dental or overall health damage, overconsumption can have consequences for your enamel.

Enamel is the outermost layer of the teeth and serves as a protective barrier against decay and damage. It is composed primarily of minerals,  primarily hydroxyapatite, which gives it strength and durability. When exposed to acidic substances, such as those found in many carbonated beverages like sparkling water, enamel can become vulnerable to erosion.

Take the Good with the Bad

As with most things in life, moderation is key. Sparkling water is generally less erosive than other acidic beverages like soda or fruit juices. However, it’s still a good idea to be mindful of your consumption habits and take steps to minimize any potential damage to your enamel. Here are some benefits of opting for sparkling water over soda or juice alternatives:

  • Low Sugar Content. Sparkling water typically contains little to no added sugars, making it a healthier choice compared to sugary sodas and fruit juices. Excessive sugar consumption is linked to various health issues, including obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.
  • Zero Calories. Most sparkling water varieties are calorie-free, making them an excellent option for those watching their calorie intake or trying to manage their weight.
  • Hydration. Staying hydrated is essential for maintaining overall health and well-being. Sparkling water provides hydration just like still water, helping to replenish fluids lost through daily activities. Its carbonation can also make it more appealing to drink, encouraging people to stay hydrated throughout the day.
  • No Artificial Additives. Many sodas and fruit juices contain artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. Sparkling water, on the other hand, is typically free from artificial additives, making it a cleaner and more natural beverage option.
  • Variety of Flavors. Sparkling water comes in a wide range of flavors, offering plenty of options to suit different tastes and preferences.
  • Improved Dental Health. Compared to sugary sodas and acidic fruit juices, sparkling water is less harmful to dental health.

The Best Choice for Your Teeth and Overall Health

Water: the source of life! Even if you opt for sparkling water, you are not getting the full benefits of just drinking a glass of straight-up water. Hydration is the most important aspect of overall health. In fact, studies show that people who consume at least half their body weight in ounces of water each day are healthier, sleep better, have less sick days, and live longer!

At Susan Ellison Dentistry & Cosmetics, we aren’t opposed to sparkling water, but making sure you prioritize other aspects of your dental health is key. Be sure to schedule routine oral health visits at least twice per year, brush twice daily, and avoid sugary beverages as much as possible. If you are ready to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning, we are here for you! Remember – everything in moderation.

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