Who does not enjoy drinks that are carbonated by seltzer? Although the bubbly drinks may taste refreshing on a hot day, they are very damaging to your teeth. Your dentist in Cary will advise you to avoid them to protect your teeth from complications; however, that does not mean you cannot indulge in your favorite drink occasionally.
Is Seltzer Bad for My Teeth?
To make a drink bubbly or fizzy, manufacturers add pressurized carbon dioxide to them. This creates carbonation, which instantly turns a beverage acidic, even water. When you consume the drinks, it bathes your teeth in the acid, which slowly erodes your enamel.
As your enamel becomes thinner, it creates several oral health concerns, like an increased risk of tooth decay. Your teeth may even become more sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks. They may appear discolored as thinner enamel causes more of your yellowish dentin to become visible.
The complications of acidic drinks are not just limited to those that contain seltzer. In fact, your Cary dentist will recommend you avoid any acidic drink, like wine, coffee, or citrus juices.
Do I Need to Completely Avoid Them?
If you cannot skip your favorite bubbly drink, you can have it from time to time. Although they can harm your teeth, they are better for your smile than soda or fruit juice because they are less acidic. They also do not contain added sugar.
Although the acid will soften your enamel, if you only consume it occasionally, you should not be too concerned. Your enamel will harden as your saliva helps your mouth to heal within 30 minutes of drinking it.
“It’s only a big deal if the carbonated beverage sits and roasts on the teeth hour after hour after hour,” says professor Mark Wolff, chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care at New York University’s College of Dentistry.
While your mouth will restore itself, it is best to brush your teeth as soon as possible after drinking the carbonated beverages. If you cannot get to your toothbrush, rinse your mouth with water to help remove any lingering acid on your teeth. You can also help limit the seltzer’s contact with your teeth by sipping through a straw.
Promote Strong Enamel
If you need a cool drink, it is always best to stick with fluorinated tap water; however, if you need something a little sweeter, it is fine to have a seltzer beverage on occasion. You can help to keep your enamel strong by making smart choices for your smile.
About Dr. Darren Koch
For over 17 years, Dr. Darren Koch has provided comprehensive dental care to the community. He combines the science and art of dentistry with psychology and physical dexterity to help his patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. Through a focus on prevention, he can keep your teeth and gums healthy to ensure they last for a lifetime. If you are ready to enjoy exceptional dental care, contact our office today.