Is Sparkling Water Bad for My Teeth? August 7, 2018

Many of our patients are taking the vow to cut sugar out of their diets to prevent tooth decay, prevent needing future dental work and to improve their overall health. Soda, juice and candy are among the common treats that our patients are agreeing to cut out of their daily routine when they decide to put their health first. BUT a common question we always get is… is sparkling water bad for my teeth? The short answer is yes. Sparkling water is bad for our teeth EVEN the zero calorie and zero sugar brands. The culprit is the carbonation that is bad for the teeth in the sparkling water, it is very acidic and this alone causes our teeth to become more yellow in color and softer. The acid weakens the tooth enamel and wears it away, at this point the tooth needs repaired with a filling or even a crown to cover the missing enamel that was once present. It is very frustrating to hear that your “healthy” choice to drink sparkling water is just as bad for the teeth as soda or juice.

We want to save you the headache and guide you in the right direction when choosing healthy drinks while protecting your dental investments. Regular, fluoridated water is the best beverage for your teeth. Water with fluoride naturally helps fight cavities, washes away leftover food and cavity-causing bacteria and keeps your mouth from becoming dry. Staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water helps get rid of waste throughout the body, gives your skin a healthy glow and even can help you lose weight! Difuse fruit in your water for a guilt-free treat that will keep your body and teeth healthy ☺

-Jamie

Your Oral Wellness Hygienist