Does Carbonation Damage Your Enamel?

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Are you a big fan of fizzy beverages? Perhaps they feel more thirst-quenching to you than plain water. Let's dive in to learn whether these bubbly beverages could be damaging your teeth.

Carbonated Water

Carbonated water has a lower pH level than still water or tap water. This means it’s a little more acidic. Even though it's slightly more acidic, carbonated water without any sugar or additives is much less erosive than other beverages. In general, sparkling water is considered OK for your teeth and a good source of hydration. Water is essential for your body to produce enough saliva, which is your mouth's natural rinse. It helps strengthen your teeth, washes away bacteria and food particles, and reduces bad breath.

However, it’s still a good idea to drink some regular fluoridated water too to help protect your oral health. Fluoridated water helps fortify your teeth against decay by depositing fluoride into the crystalline mineral structure of your enamel.

The Deal with Soda

Many varieties of soda contain both carbonation and sugar. This combination dramatically increases your risk of enamel erosion and tooth decay because of the acidity and sugar, especially if you sip on it throughout the day. This prolongs the acidic environment of your mouth and the ability of harmful bacteria to produce harmful toxins that weaken your enamel and irritate your gums.

If you love carbonated beverages, opt for healthier alternatives like sparkling water whenever possible. There are plenty of sugar-free sparkling waters available so you can still enjoy a little more pizazz with every hydrating sip. Limit beverages like juice and sports drinks, which can be both acidic and sugary.

More Questions? We Have Answers!

For more dental tips and advice, please contact Atlantic Dental Partners. Our team would be delighted to help take care of all your family’s dental needs. We’d love to see you sometime soon at either our Jamaica Plain or Malden location.

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