When one thinks of drinks that can be harmful to the teeth one always thinks of citric, sodas and fruit juices due to acidic nature and high content of sugar in the case of fruit juice.
Can carbonated water be a good alternative? After all it is water with no sugar.
Dr Kourosh Maddahi, Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentist
, and founder of Oral Essentials weighs in on these very popular calorie-free alternatives to soda, “Unfortunately, carbonic acid forms are used in carbonation, which brings the neutral pH of flat water, 7.0, to the acidic pH of 4 or 3. If any lime or lemon is added the pH can drop to 3.5 or 2.5. For this reason, I tell my patients that it is best not to drink carbonated water more than three times a week.”
Solutions and alternatives
The good news is that there are mineral waters that are naturally carbonated at a lower pressure such as San Pellegrino (pH of 6.5 to 7.0) and Perrier (pH of 5.5) that are better for your teeth.
“Chewing sugarless gum can also help to stimulate saliva flow which naturally cleanses the mouth, and if the gum contains xylitol (a plant based sugar alternative) it also may reduce the risk of tooth decay,” says Dr Maddahi.
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