On our quest to achieve white teeth, we stumble upon many obstacles. One of said obstacles is the ongoing question about sparkling water: does it have an effect on our teeth? If you wish to find out more about this, then you are in the right place.
In today’s article we shall be reviewing some of the topics related to sparkling water and what effects it has on our teeth thanks to our Los Algodones dentists.
A little bit about the tooth enamel
This topic actually revolves around the teeth’s first line of defense: the tooth enamel.
As you may know, the tooth enamel is the hard shell that surrounds the soft inside of our teeth. It is what keeps the sudden changes of temperature and pressure from reaching the tooth pulp, where the nerves are at.
So when the tooth enamel gets damaged, chipped, or worn down, it is more likely for the person to suffer from tooth sensitivity and tooth decay. Although the tooth enamel cannot recreate itself, there are certain ways it can regain some of the minerals lost. We will be talking about that towards the end of the article!
Acidic drinks do harm your teeth
And now, before we get to the topic of sparkling water, let’s delve a little bit into what acidic drinks to our teeth.
Certain foods and drinks are more prone to damage our tooth enamel, but broadly speaking, it is starchy, sugary, and acidic food. Starchy and sugary food are mainly used by bacteria to fuel them and create plaque, which eats away the tooth enamel slowly.
Acidic beverages may contain sugar, but other than that, they are also known to weaken the tooth enamel, making it more susceptible to being damaged.
Then we arrive at the point where we speak about sparkling water.
Sparkling water is just carbonated water, which does not contain sugar. Though it is true that it is significantly less acidic in pH levels than that of coffee and sodas around, there is still some slight damage that it can perform to your pearly whites. Especially if it is cold, where its pH level tends to lower a little bit more.
Ultimately, sparkling water is way better than soda, but will never beat fluoridated water that we have at home. This tap water not only is safe for consumption in the long term, but it also helps remineralizing the tooth enamel.
Tips to prevent damage and keeping your teeth on point
As promised, here are some tips from our staff in Los Algodones that will help prevent damage and also keep your teeth in good shape:
- Brushing twice a day. This is a very important habit to take, as it removes plaque buildup, bacteria and food stuck around in our mouth and teeth.
- Drinking from a straw. One way to avoid sugar and the acidity of drinks from getting to damage our tooth enamel is to drink from a straw. This avoids the liquid from having contact with our teeth! It is a good tip to consider next time with soda and sparkling water.
- Drinking water. This helps clearing our mouth from food debris. It also supplies our budy with the necessary liquid to keep it functioning and steers away dry mouth. A good saliva production is essential.
- Fluoride. This minerals occurs naturally in water, and it helps rebuilding the lost minerals in our tooth enamel! You can get it from tap water and also from toothpaste and some mouthwashes.
- Visit a dentist twice a year. Visiting a professional ensures that we are doing everything right. It is also a safe way to keep track of how our mouth develops throughout the years! Anything that needs to be brought to our attention will be addressed by our trusty dentist.