The benefits of hydration have become more apparent in recent years, and more and more people are reaching for a wide variety of bottled water-based products to quench their thirst. In fact, sales of bottled water have never been better. Among the many choices are a variety of carbonated drinks.
Are these so-called sparkling beverages safe for your teeth? The endodontic specialist at Linda Ricks, DDS, MS, PC can provide answers to this and many other questions about your oral health. Our specialist has years of additional training beyond dental school in the practice of saving our patients’ natural teeth and keeping them healthy and comfortable for years to come. Our patients rely on us to provide care that is second to none.
So, does that satisfying fizz that comes with your favorite carbonated drink also do damage to your teeth? According to the American Dental Association, although carbonated water contains a higher level of acid than the non-carbonated kind, those bubbles do not cause erosion of your protective tooth enamel.
But, that doesn’t mean you’re free to guzzle ALL varieties of carbonated drinks. Some brands of sparkling beverages contain added sugar, which causes cavities. Other brands add citrus flavoring to the mix, which contains even more acid than plain sparkling water. As always, we advise our patients that the best choice is plain, old-fashioned water — especially water that contains fluoride, which helps fight tooth decay. Water also serves to wash away bacteria-causing food particles, keeps your mouth from becoming dry, and even helps in digesting your food.
If you have questions about your oral health, or are experiencing tooth pain that requires the expertise of a specialist, trust the endodontist at [[BUSINESS=NAME]]. The care you’ll receive at our comfortable, state-of-the-art office provides a patient experience that is simply unmatched. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today for an appointment.
By Linda Ricks, DDS, MS, PC
February 22, 2022