Okay, so you’ve heard the stories that sodas are detrimental to your teeth. Sodas contain a significant amount of sugar, and other compounds like acids, sodium and others, all of which can lead to tooth decay.
Even diet sodas, with their artificial sweeteners, are just as bad. So, what about sparkling water – is it really a better alternative?
How Does Soda Harm Your Teeth?
Soda affects your teeth in a couple of different ways. The first is through erosion. Soda contains acids which, when left on your teeth, can weaken your protective enamel.
Soda also causes cavities. The soft drink contains sugar, which is food for destructive bacteria. The bacteria produce acids that continue to eat away at your enamel, causing decay and cavities.
After the enamel is destroyed, the acids attack the next layer, the dentin, which contains hollow channels that lead right to the nerves of your teeth. Bacteria can then get in and cause infections in the pulp of your teeth as well as in the roots. Your teeth become weak and can even fall out.
What About Sparkling Water?
This is where things get tricky. You know that water is essential to good health. It keeps you hydrated, helps maintain a healthy salivary flow (which is important in the fight against bacteria), and washes away food particles and bacteria. So, carbonated water should do the same, right?
That really depends. True sparkling water, which is just water with added carbonation is much better for your teeth that soda. This kind of sparkling water acts just like regular water; it just has the added fun of bubbles.
When it starts to get detrimental, however, is when other compounds are added to your sparkling water. Some have acids, sugar or artificial sweeteners, and sodium added. When this happens, sparkling water starts to act more like soda, and less like water.
If you’re looking for a fizzy alternative to soda, sparkling water can be just the ticket. Just be sure to check to make sure to check the label. Skip all the extra ingredients; all you need is carbonated water.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about your oral health!