Sparkling water is better for your teeth when compared to sugary drinks. Drinking tap water which is fluoridated is the best beverage for your teeth as it washes away the food and prevents dry mouth (which can put you at a higher risk of decay).
Always check the label. Citrus-flavoured waters often have higher acid levels which increase the risk of damage to your enamel. Plan to have this in one sitting or with meals. This way, you aren’t sipping it throughout the day and exposing your teeth over and over again to the slightly higher level of acid it contains.
Soda syrup sometimes contain Citric acid (food acid acidity regulator/ antioxidant 330), Sodium citrate (food acid/ acidity regulator/ antioxidant 331), Malic acid (food acid/ preservative 296), ascorbic acid (Vitamin C/ antioxidant 300), fruit juice concentrate.
While making your own soda water you need to beware that adding in these syrups containing the above can make it more acidic. Therefore, it’s just not soda water but more of flavoured soda water can be harmful to your teeth.
When you are making your own soda water, the more carbon dioxide pumped into it, the more acidic the drink would be.
Sparkling water with added sugar can increase your risk of decay. Therefore, plain water is always the best choice.
But overall, it is still pretty healthy for the teeth and is quite neutral. For example, if you are having 4 of them a day then perhaps taper it back to 1-2 per week.
Compared to drinking Coca cola and energy drinks it is better and healthier and is all relative.Even though sparkling water is slightly more acidic than ordinary water, it's all just water to your teeth.
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