Q: Is sparkling water a healthier alternative than pop for my teeth?
A: Carbonated water is a healthier alternative for your teeth, and overall health, than pop. Though you may be surprised to know it still poses a risk to your oral health.
Sparkling water gets its bubbles from carbon dioxide. When carbon dioxide comes into contact with your saliva, a chemical reaction occurs and turn the CO2 into carbonic acid. This acid can erode tooth enamel. Adding lemon or lime to your sparkling water furthers the risk.
Enamel is a layer of strong, harden minerals on your teeth. It’s the barrier that protects the inner layer of teeth from the effects of acid and plaque. Unfortunately, enamel cannot regenerate itself, meaning if it begins to erode, it cannot build itself back up. This is why it’s so important to keep it protected. Enamel is also what keeps your teeth looking white. As it erodes, so does the white colour, turning into a yellow or brown.
Sparkling water is still a much better alternative than pop, but don’t replace your still water with sparkling altogether. And when you’re drinking any acidic drink, remember to swish with still water after to rinse away the acid and don’t brush for thirty minutes. Brushing too soon after acid exposure will cause the toothbrush to brush away the softened enamel.
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