Earlier, we posted an article about drinks that could cause your teeth to yellow, discussing how certain stained beverages affect the color of your teeth. Some of our Placerville dental patients have also asked about sparkling water. Most types of sparkling water have no sugar, caffeine, or coloring. That makes them a good choice for white teeth, right?
Looking into the Sparkle
It is true that sparkling water does not have all the same components that make sodas and other sugary drinks a questionable beverage choice. Sparkling water does contain, however, the same carbon dioxide used to create the fizzy effect. Once it meets your mouth, a chemical reaction turns the carbon dioxide into carbonic acid. Any acid, including carbonic acid, can wear away your tooth enamel — especially if overused. Sparkling water might have fewer damaging components than most soft drinks, but the carbonic acid still eats away at tooth enamel.
The Importance of Enamel
Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in our bodies. It coats the outside of our teeth, protecting the internal parts. We use the enamel to chew our food and smile at others. As enamel gets eaten away by acids and other substances, however, our teeth begin to yellow. Sometimes the edges of our teeth appear transparent, often becoming sensitive to hot and cold sensations. Although fluoride in water, toothpastes and mouthwash can boost your enamel by speeding up and strengthening a process called “remineralization,” there is no way to replace your enamel once it is gone.
To Fizz, Or Not to Fizz
The best drink you could possibly put into your body is plain water, but let’s be honest: plain water is very plain. There are many different flavors and experiences to enjoy when it comes to drinks, and even our dental team at the Placerville Dental Group enjoys different kinds of beverages. The key is moderation — don’t go overboard with any concocted drink, bubbly or otherwise. Also, consider using a straw to redirect any acids past your teeth. And never brush your teeth immediately after consuming acids, unless you have thoroughly rinsed your mouth with plain water. Again, most drinks on the market can be enjoyed without fear of damaging your enamel, but moderation is key.
Of course, you might have specific questions about a certain drink you prefer, or other concerns about sparkling water and its effects on your oral health. You may want tooth whitening to improve teeth that have already yellowed. Please contact the Placerville Dental Group by calling us directly or writing us online. We’re happy to provide you with accurate answers and sound recommendations to make sure your water doesn’t out-sparkle your smile.