Sparkling water is a refreshing carbonated beverage that many people drink as a replacement to sugary soda drinks. Carbonation is what makes sodas fizzy and tickle your gullet as they go down. Simply put, sparkling water is water that has been infused with the process that sodas have undergone, sans all the sugary sweeteners and flavoring. The water has been infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure, and depending on the type of sparkling water drink, there may be small amounts of sodium and other minerals and compounds in them as well. In the case of tonic water, there is a bitter compound called quinine, along with sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Check the labels to see if your brand of sparkling water has anything other than water and carbonation. There has been some concern that it may be bad for your teeth. So, we’re here to set the record straight.
The prickly sensation that can be felt when drinking carbonated water is a weak acid produced by the chemical reaction of the water mixing with carbon dioxide. You may know that acid is damaging to the enamel on your teeth, but even with direct exposure sparkling mineral water has been found to be only slightly more damaging than pure water, but 100 times less damaging than a sugary soda. Indeed, in various studies, plain sparkling water poses little risk to tooth health, and it was only the sugary drinks that were harmful—the worst being ones that combined carbonation with sugar.
So, the bottom line is that you don’t have to worry about your sparkling water beverage damaging your teeth as it is relatively harmless unless it contains any form of sugar.
If you would like more information about foods and drink that are harmful to your dental health, call Dr. Jean Pierre Rwigema and our helpful team at JR Dental in Valencia, California. Phone: 661-290-3355.