Seltzer water is becoming one of the most popular beverages in America, and it’s a great alternative to sugary sodas or diet sodas filled with artificial sweeteners. But you may be worried that it’s still not good for your teeth. What’s the truth? Does seltzer water ruin your enamel and lead to issues like cavities? Find out in below.
The short answer is that seltzer water can be a major contributor to enamel loss and tooth decay. This is because when carbon dioxide is pumped into water, it turns into carbonic acid, which reduces the pH of the water and makes it acidic.
Tap water has a neutral pH of about 7. Enamel erosion only occurs with drinks that are below a pH of about 4, and seltzer water or sparkling water with no added sweeteners usually has an acidic pH between 3 and 4, depending on whether it also includes flavoring agents like citric acid from citrus fruits.
However, it’s still not as bad for your teeth as other drinks like cola. Most colas are around 2.4 pH, and also have a lot of sugar, which stimulates the production of acid by oral bacteria that feed on sugar.
So while seltzer water is acidic, it’s much better for your oral health than other drinks like soda. In fact, if you’re trying to kick a soda habit, switching to seltzer is a great choice.
Wondering how you can maintain your seltzer habit while keeping your mouth healthy? Here are our tips.
As long as you use moderation and follow the above tips, you can keep your smile healthy and still enjoy sugar-free seltzer water without worrying about your enamel. And if you need a checkup to make sure your smile is healthy and strong, Dr. Lana Waibel is here to help. Contact us online or give us a call at (267) 405-2727 to schedule an appointment and get the preventive dental care you need in Ambler.