Sparkling Water: Good or Bad for Your Teeth?

There’s a new trend among us—and for the most part, it’s a good one!

Today, more and more people are swapping out soft drinks for a carbonated beverage that’s a healthier alternative—sparkling water. And while it’s certainly better for your teeth than drinking a high-in-sugar beverage, there are a few things you should consider before picking up your next satisfying sparkling water.

Tips for Enjoying Sparkling Water

1. Don’t forget about regular water. While sparkling water is water, be sure to still drink plenty of the regular stuff—plain, fluoridated water helps to minimi[z]e bacteria growth in your mouth by rinsing away leftover food debris while naturally helping to fight cavities.

2. Watch out for sugar. Some sparkling water brands do add a bit of sugar to certain drinks—know that if you’re picking up a sparkling water with added sugar, it’s no longer “water”. Drinks sweetened with sugar are much more likely to lead to cavities and other oral health problems. Be sure you’re checking the labels with your next purchase.

3. Limit acidity. Citrus flav[o]red sparkling water drinks often have a higher acid level than others, which can be bad news for your enamel. Too many acidic drinks can slowly eat away at the enamel on your teeth. If you enjoy citrus flav[o]red sparkling water, try sipping them while you eat instead of making them your go-to anytime drink.

Wondering what other drinks are safe for your teeth? If sparkling water isn’t your thing, try tea or other zero sugar beverages like diet drinks.

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