Is Carbonated Water Bad for Your Teeth?
Soda sales are declining at a frightening pace. Consumers are turning their backs on these popular drinks and that applies to both regular and low-sugar varieties. In an effort to replace their unhealthy fix with something that contains less sugar, fewer sweeteners, and no harmful colorings or flavorings, Americans are turning to carbonated water.
The question is, can carbonated water harm your teeth or is it as healthy as proponents claim?
What is Carbonated Water?
Carbonated water comes in several varieties. There are natural mineral waters, water that may or may not contain added salts/minerals, and tonic water, which contains quinine and may also contain added sugar.
These waters are carbonated, which means they have been injected with carbon dioxide gas, creating bubbles like the ones found in soda.
Is Carbonated Water Healthy?
Carbonated isn’t just water with added bubbles. These drinks contain something known as carbonic acid, a compound that creates a tingly and pleasurable sensation in your mouth. At the same time, however, this compound raises the acidity in your mouth and body, and this is what the drink begins to encounter some issues.
Carbonated water doesn’t do much harm to your body as it is pretty adept at removing the excess carbon dioxide. But what about the increased acidity in your mouth, how does this impact your teeth, and can it erode your enamel just like soda?
Does Carbonated Water Harm Your Teeth?
There hasn’t been plenty of studies on the effects of carbonated water on teeth, so the jury is still out. However, the studies that have been conducted are relatively positive.
The suggestion is that carbonated water is significantly better for your teeth than soda and only slightly worse than water. This is to be expected because while it is acidic, that acidity doesn’t reach the levels of popular soft drinks and it also doesn’t contain any sugars or flavorings.
A 12 ounce can of Regular Coca-Cola contains just under 40 grams of sugar, which reacts with the bacteria in your mouth and creates a harmful environment for your teeth. It also contains acids and colorings that can harm and even stain your teeth. Diet Coca-Cola is less problematic as it doesn’t contain sugar, but the manufacturers make up for this by adding lots of sweeteners and stronger acids.
Is Soda Really That Bad?
Soda has become a scapegoat in recent years, and this is no doubt partly responsible for the huge drop in sales. But while it definitely has a major role to play in the obesity epidemic it’s far from the worst thing you can consume for your teeth.
Unless you’re rinsing with it, soda typically passes straight through, barely touching your teeth and not leaving much of a mark. Compare this to certain candies, which are chewed vigorously and can become lodged in your teeth, triggering a release of harmful bacteria, and soda doesn’t seem all that bad.
What’s Best for Your Teeth?
Plain-old still water is best for your teeth. It’s not acidic, doesn’t contain sugar, and isn’t loaded with colorings and flavorings. Of course, it’s also pretty bland, but carbonated water is a great replacement to be enjoyed on occasion. You can also still enjoy the odd cup of tea, coffee, or soda, the key is to consume them in moderation and, if possible, to brush your teeth afterward.
The same goes for candy, chips, and other foods that are harmful to your teeth. If you floss properly, rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash, and then brush, you can undo most of the harm caused by sugary foods and drinks.
To complete your dental hygiene routine, pick up a Snow Teeth Whitening Kit. Brushing and flossing can help to remove plaque from your enamel, but it won’t do anything for the dentin underneath. If this is stained, as is the case for many people, then no amount of brushing will bring out the whiteness.
You need a safe and effective whitening solution and that’s exactly what Snow is. It’s completely safe for home use and costs a fraction of what you pay for a whitening dental tray from your dentist.