We all know about the drastic effects sugary aerated drinks, commonly known as fizzy sodas can cause on our teeth. Many people have thus have completely stopped the consumption of such sugary drinks and have instead started to use sugar free carbonated water, which is also called sparkling water. Many surveys have found out that sparkling water sales in the country has increased significantly and has potential for a higher rate of growth over the coming years. But, while general people think that sparkling water is a healthy choice, some others call it a health hazard and consider it no better than sugary drinks. Let us separate fact from fiction and know more about sparkling water and it’s effect on our teeth.
Sugary drinks are harmful for the tooth due to the fact that the high quantity of sugar present in them presents an open invitation to germs and pathogens to attack the mouth and the teeth post their consumption. These germs then produce acids which affect the enamel and the gums significantly and can cause enamel erosion, tooth sensitivity as well as tooth decay and cavities. Hence, it is recommended to stay away from fizzy drinks to avoid poor dental hygiene.
While sparkling water does not contain sugar like sugary carbonated drinks, they are carbonated. This carbonation is the cause of concern for some people, who claim that they cause sparkling drinks to be as bad as sugary drinks.
Some research has been performed in the field or beverages and how they affect the teeth. The pH levels of more than 400 liquids have been taken and their acidity calculated. The scientists labelled the drinks having pH of less than 3.0 to be extremely corrosive and the drinks above ph 4.0 were labelled less corrosive. Sparkling drinks fell in the latter category in the research. Another study was also performed to check the acidity of sparkling water amongst different brands as well as the change in acidity due to change in temperature. It was found that when the water was kept at room temperature, it tended to be less acidic and its pH level rose, while decreasing its temperature led to the drop in pH levels and therefore rise in acidity levels, which made them more harmful against the teeth. The American Dental Association recommends replacing sugary drinks with sparkling water, but does not recommend replacing regular water with sparkling water owing to its corrosive properties when compared to normal drinking water.
To protect the teeth and the enamel from erosion and acids, proper oral and dental hygiene tips can be followed. These tips are simple yet highly effective to combat acid attacks as well as preserve your healthy smiles.
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