Sparkling Water Could Be Destroying Your Teeth

Did you swear off your Coke or Diet Coke addiction to make the switch to seemingly healthier seltzer? If you did, you still may not be making the right decision! Food Network spoke to Dr. Edmond R. Hewlett, who concluded that drinking a ton of this delicious flavored water might erode your tooth enamel overtime. Though there is not a ton of research yet about the effects of flavored waters on our health, these drinks are acidic, just like soda. The acidity of the drink can cause tooth enamel to erode, which makes your teeth more sensitive to temperature and even more susceptible to cavities! 

According to the Today show, carbonated water, even unflavored, is also acidic because your mouth turns the carbon dioxide bubbles into carbonic acid. Adding lemon or lime to your sparkling water makes it even more acidic! Thankfully, sparkling and flavored waters are not as acidic as sodas, so you're safe to drink a little of the stuff, as long as it's in moderation.

Next time you have a hankering for a fizzy drink, drink some water with lemon instead. Your teeth will thank you!

 

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