In the age of La Croix enthusiasts and Perrier fans, there is a lot of debate around whether or not the bubbly drinks we substitute for water are good for our teeth. Since this question has been floating in and out of the Krengel Dental office, we decided to share our opinion fair and square.
The truth is, La Croix and other sugar-free carbonated drinks can be harmful to your teeth, but it’s not the worst alternative. Here’s the whole story:
- Carbonated drinks have acid
Over time, acidic food and drink will gradually wear away tooth enamel. Many of the non-sugary fizzy drinks we sip on include citric and/or fruit acids, which can bring down the pH value and be harsher on our teeth. The bad news is that consistent exposure to these drinks (especially those with more citric acids and flavors added) can lead to increased tooth sensitivity and make us more prone to cavities. The best way to get your fizzy fix without experiencing the negative side effects is to limit the ones with added flavors to being a treat instead of using them as an all-day water supply.
- Some are safer than others
While all carbonation contains acid, plain sparkling water has a pH level that is still considered to be in the safe-zone for your teeth. Having sparkling water, and even ones with some flavoring, is not nearly as acidic as many of the other things that we drink. Sugary soda, juices or wine has far more acidity that will damage your teeth than sparkling water. As with all good things, we say that when it comes to carbonation, everything in moderation.
- Water always wins
It’s easy to get hooked on bubbles and replace your flat water intake with sparkling water, but at the end of the day, drinking delicious H2O is the best way to befriend your body and your smile. We recommend you keep the acidic drinks limited during the day and have water by your side around the clock.
Even though a drink like La Croix is far less damaging than other drinks, there are individual factors, such as your dental history, fluoride levels, etc. For the best answer to how much you should limit acidity, schedule your routine visit at Krengel Dental and get an answer that will guide you best (Krengel Dental: 952-888-1311).