Sparkling water found to be bad for teeth

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NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Wed, 15 Jan 2020, 8:54PM
Sparkling water could be eroding your teeth as much as flavoured fizzy drinks. Photo / 123RF
Sparkling water could be eroding your teeth as much as flavoured fizzy drinks. Photo / 123RF

Sparkling water found to be bad for teeth

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Wed, 15 Jan 2020, 8:54PM

It is a common belief that sparkling water is just as good as normal water, unfortunately, this is not right.

The Conversation revealed that the "feel good" feeling in your mouth after you take a sip of sparkling water, or any carbonated drink, is in fact the chemical activation of the pain receptors on your tongue.

The problem with acidic drinks is the harm it can cause to our teeth.

Sparkling water is made by injecting pressurised carbon dioxide into water. This produces carbonic acid with a weak acidic pH of between three and four. When our teeth are lathered in acid from carbonated drinks often, more tooth minerals are dissolved out and into our saliva creating tiny pores in our teeth leading to erosion.

Although sparkling water is the better option than flavoured fizzy drinks, still water is still always going to be best for your teeth

Despite what you can find online, the Centre for Public Health Nutrition Research at the University of Dundee pointed out that sparkling water is not an appetite suppressant.

"There is no strong scientific evidence to suggest that drinking sparkling water will make you feel fuller or curb your appetite," Professor of Paediatric Dentistry, Nicola Innes, revealed.

The NHS revealed that scientifically it is difficult to measure hunger and fullness so any evidence on carbonated drinks making you full is based on personal feelings and naturally all humans feel different.

Keeping hydrated is essential for body functions so increasing your fluid intake without damaging your teeth is best done by drinking still water. If it doesn't satisfy that fizzy mouth sensation, sparkling water will keep you hydrated but be mindful for your dental health.