Water is an essential part of our lives. The world (and our bodies) are mainly composed of water so it is definitely something we can’t escape. When maintaining your dental health through regular brushing and flossing, rinsing out your mouth with water afterward is very important. In fact, after eating foods certain foods, it’s recommended that you rinse out your mouth with water to keep the food particles from settling in between your teeth and on the gum line, which can potentially cause issues down the road.
The consumption of sweetened soft drinks in large quantities has been linked to poor dental health, but what about sparkling water? Surely something without sugar wouldn’t have the same type of effect on teeth, right? “Carbonated water gets its fizz from carbon dioxide. A chemical reaction in your mouth turns the CO2 into carbonic acid, not only giving the drink a tangy, zesty, refreshing bite, but also making it more acidic. That’s where the potential for dental erosion comes in, because the acid in drinks and foods can wear away your tooth enamel. Sparkling water is far less acidic than orange juice or a soft drink, but it’s more acidic than plain water, Romo said. That could be an issue if you’re used to frequently reaching for your favorite effervescent water throughout the day. ‘If you’re sipping and keeping that acidic drink in your mouth and swishing around every time you sip, and if you do this often, multiple times a day, then that’s probably the most dangerous kind of behavior when it comes to tooth wear,’ Ritter noted. Beware that if you like to add lime or lemon juice to your fizzy water, it makes it even more acidic.”
Moderation is always the key with everything. You can enjoy many different available food and beverage options as long as you monitor your portion consumption. Also remember to see your Ottawa dentist regularly to keep your teeth healthy and clean.