According to the American Dental Association, any drink with carbonation, including sparkling water, has a higher acid level. Some reports have questioned whether sipping sparkling water will weaken your tooth enamel (the hard-outer shell of your teeth where cavities first form).
The research suggests, sparkling water is generally fine for your teeth. In a study using teeth that were removed as a part of treatment and donated for research, researchers tested to see whether sparkling water would attack tooth enamel more aggressively than regular lab water. The result? The two forms of water were about the same in their effects on tooth enamel. This finding suggests that, even though sparkling water is slightly more acidic than ordinary water, it’s all just water to your teeth.
However, remember to read the label, because a citrus flavoring is higher in acidity which can lead to weakened enamel and sugar-sweetened sparkling water puts you at risk for cavities.
At Lakeshore Dental, our first choice is water with fluoride. Fluoride will help prevent cavities and wash away food particles that cause bacteria to form on your teeth.