You have been told about the importance of hydration over and over again. Unflavored water just isn’t appealing to you, so you’ve taken to drinking flavored water instead. After all, you’re still drinking water. Unfortunately, flavored water may not be the best beverage option available to you.
Any flavoring will impact the acidity of your water. Sparkling water is also slightly more acidic than still water. Carbonation combined with added flavors can cause a dual-impact to your teeth. Any level of acidity can damage your teeth over time, so it is important to know how to protect your teeth from sustaining this damage.
Preventing Enamel Damage
Fortunately, flavored water is still significantly less acidic than soda and is a far healthier choice. Drinking flavored water in moderation won’t typically result in damage to your teeth. How you drink your flavored water can also help protect your teeth. For example, you should drink your flavored water in one sitting rather than sipping it throughout the day. Every time you take a sip, the acid attack on your teeth is renewed.
Using straws when drinking sugary, flavored, or carbonated beverages can also help protect your teeth. It will direct the flow of the liquid away from your teeth, minimizing the amount of damage the beverage can do. Similarly, you should not get in the habit of swishing flavored water around in your mouth before swallowing.
Ultimately, plain, fluoridated water is the healthiest choice for your teeth. You shouldn’t rely solely on flavored waters for your hydration. It is still important to drink regular water throughout the day, as well. However, flavored water is still a superior choice to consuming sodas, energy drinks, or juices. To learn more about how to protect your teeth, contact us at Avenues Dentistry.