It’s 3:30 and you’re thirsty. It’s too late for coffee, but you’re tired of plain old water. Then you remember that you bought some of that AMAZING carbonated water the last time you went grocery shopping. It’s free of calories, sodium, sugar, and artificial sweeteners, so it can’t possibly be bad for you, right? Not so fast. When it comes to your teeth, carbonated waters may actually be harmful. At Sehnert Precision Dentistry, we want to make sure you’re informed on what you’re putting in your mouth and in your body, so here is what the latest research has revealed about your favorite bubbly thirst quencher.
But It’s WATER!
It’s true that flavored carbonated waters like La Croix and Bubly are free of all those harmful ingredients, but there is one particular ingredient that is affecting the health of your teeth: acid. Just like sodas and sports drinks, the acidity in carbonated water can weaken your enamel. Once your enamel is compromised, you become more susceptible to tooth pain and decay.
It’s Not All Bad News
While La Croix and other carbonated waters may not be as perfect as first believed, they’re still a far better alternative to sodas and other sugary beverages. Still, the key is to enjoy them in moderation. If you’re having one can a day, you’re probably fine. It’s those who drink can after can who have to worry about their teeth. One thing you can do to minimize the damage from these waters is to rinse with tap water (which — unless you’re on well water — has been enriched with fluoride to help protect your teeth) after you finish your drink. And if at all possible, stick to plain water — with no fruit slices for flavor — the majority of the time.
Once your enamel is gone, it’s gone for good, so it’s important to protect what you have. Without tooth enamel, sugars and bacteria can more easily penetrate the teeth and cause cavities. Furthermore, without enamel, the dentin that lies beneath becomes exposed, resulting in sensitivity to heat, cold, and sugars.
If you worry that you’ve done irreparable damage to your enamel, we’d love to help you get back on track — and we promise there will be no judgment about your water habits. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve patients in Lewisville, Texas, and the surrounding communities.