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Is Sparkling Water Bad for Your Teeth?

Posted on 7/13/2016 by Zac Bird
Two bottles of sparkling water besides each other.When trying to cut sugar out of your diet, soda is often one of the first things to go. However, what do you do when you start to crave the refreshing bite of a carbonated beverage?

Sparkling water is one popular alternative to soda. To make sparkling water, water becomes pressurized to the point where carbon dioxide dissolves, resulting in fizzy water. If unflavored, sparkling water has no sweeteners but still has that refreshing fizziness that many people enjoy. If it is just carbonated water, it should not be bad for your teeth, right?

Well, not quite.

The pH Level of Sparkling Water

Sparkling water is more acidic than plain water due to the carbonation process, so drinking it could contribute to enamel erosion. The acidity level varies by brand, with some being close to plain water in pH level and others with a pH of about 5.

However, carbonated water is less acidic than soda; many sodas have a pH of 2.5. So if you occasionally drink carbonated water, there probably is not going to be a big effect on your teeth. However, if you are continually sipping throughout the day, the acidity can start to wear down your enamel.

The Difference Between Flavoring or No Flavoring

While plain sparkling water is not very acidic, flavored sparkling water is a different story. According to a study done by the University of Birmingham and Birmingham Dental Hospital, flavored sparkling water is similar in acidity to orange juice - a drink with known for its high acidity (pH between 3.3 and 4.15).

The Verdict

In the end, sparkling water is a better choice than soda if you want to indulge in a fizzy beverage since it has a lower sugar content and lower acidity. When choosing a carbonated water, try to choose one that is unflavored with a low acidity. Also, minimize sipping throughout the day to reduce exposing your teeth to carbonation.

Please contact us if you have any questions about sparkling waters effect on your oral health.

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