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Is Sparkling Water Bad For Your Teeth?

by Amy Freeman Click Here for Original Article and Page source

Have you made the switch from sugar-sweetened sodas and juices to sugar-free sparkling water? As the adverse effects of sugary drinks (cavities and tooth erosion) become more well-known, plenty of people are making the switch to sparkling water and other sugar-free fizzy drinks. As USA Today reports, almost 574 million gallons of sparkling water were sold in the U.S. in 2016.

People often assume that sparkling water is a healthy choice, but some have suggested that it's not as great as it seems. Is sparkling water bad for your teeth? Here's what you need to know about the popular beverage.

Soda and Your Teeth

Sugary sodas pack a one-two punch against your teeth. First, they are full of sugar, which can lead to tooth decay and cavities. Second, many carbonated drinks are higher in acidity, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). Acidic foods and beverages are more likely to contribute to tooth erosion than non-acidic foods.

Because of soda's negative effects on the teeth, the ADA recommends choosing other beverages. Among the beverages recommended by the ADA are water, milk and unsweetened sparkling water.

Sparkling Water's Effects on Your Teeth

Although sparkling water doesn't contain sugar, it is carbonated. It's the carbonation in the seltzer or sparkling water that has some people worried.

A few studies have been performed examining the acidity of various drinks, including sparkling water. One, published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, measured the pH of nearly 400 beverages. The drinks included a mix of sweetened sodas, sports drinks, juices, teas and sparkling waters.

The scientists performing the study ranked the erosiveness of the drinks based on their pH level. Drinks with a pH under 3.0 were labeled as "extremely erosive," drinks with a pH between 3.0 and 3.99 wer