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How Drinking Flavored Water Can Harm Your Teeth

December 8, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 4:45 pm
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If you drink a lot of soda, juice, and other sweet beverages, flavored waters may seem like a good way to lessen your sugar intake without sacrificing flavor. After all, many of these beverages are advertised as being a healthier alternative to the aforementioned sweet drinks. Unfortunately, flavored waters aren’t as good for you as you may think. In fact, they often do more harm than good. Read on to learn how flavored water can damage your teeth and what you can do to protect your pearly whites from harm.

Enamel Erosion

Because Vitaminwater contains vitamins A, B6, B12, and C, this has led many consumers to believe that it’s a healthier alternative to soft drinks and juices packed full of added sugar. When consumed in large doses, vitamins A and C can lead to an array of issues, including vomiting. The acid in this bile can erode your enamel, which weakens your teeth. Studies also show that too much vitamin C on its own may lead to dental erosion.

Tooth Decay

Flavored water contains both citric acid and high fructose corn syrup. These substances can cause serious damage to the teeth when consumed in large quantities. Overconsumption of these paired with enamel erosion from vitamins A and C can lead to tooth decay.

How to Minimize Dental Damage from Flavored Water

With all the risks flavored water can present to your oral health, that doesn’t mean you have to give it up completely. It’s still a much better option than sodas or sweet juices. Even so, there are a few things you should do when consuming it to lessen your chances of harming your teeth, including:

  • Drink it in moderation – If you only drink flavored water on occasion, this will allow you to enjoy a tasty drink while also lessening the negative impact it has on your oral health.
  • Use a straw – Sipping flavored water through a straw will minimize the amount of contact it has with your teeth.
  • Avoid swishing – Doing this with flavored water will coat your teeth in it, so swishing should be avoided.

Though flavored water isn’t great for your teeth, you can still drink it as long as you’re careful about how you do so. Even so, make sure to drink plenty of plain water. It’s the best beverage for your pearly whites and can help you protect your gorgeous grin from harm!

About the Author

Polished General Dentistry treats residents of all ages in Carlsbad and the surrounding communities with the compassionate care they deserve. From the moment you enter their office, you will be treated with kindness and respect so your visit is as pleasant as possible. With such a wide range of oral health services, the smile of your dreams is within reach. Are you interested in learning more about how flavored water can impact your oral health, or do you want to schedule an appointment? If so, call Polished General Dentistry’s office at (760) 434-9800 or visit their website to get started.

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