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Get the Down-low on Carbonated Beverages and Oral Health

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

971007_78091126We all know that gulping down a tall glass of water can do wonders to our health, but sometimes H2O doesn’t satisfy your craving for something bubbly. Before you reach for your drink of choice, you may be surprised to find out that not all carbonated beverages are created equal – especially when it comes to the health of your mouth. Bad breath is often a nasty side effect of sipping on a can of soda, but your entire mouth may be taking a hit. Here are the best and worst carbonated beverages on the market and why you should skip it or grab it:

Sparkling water
Sometimes it isn’t the sugary taste you’re craving, but the bubbly sensation. Carbonated water is basically just that – fizzy water. However, the consumption of seltzer water doesn’t increase enamel erosion, and in fact the minerals in the water actually offer a protective coating on the teeth. Carbonated water can also help improve gastrointestinal problems, which often cause bad breath. These beverages can sometimes help digestion and make sure that food is moving through your system properly. If you’re going to sip on carbonated water, skip the flavors, as they are considered potentially erosive. 

Cola
Cola is one of the most acidic beverages on the market, most colas have a pH level close to vinegar. Not only will this erode your teeth, but it can cause major stomach issues. Cola is one of the top best-selling beverages on the market, but this beverage has countless bad effects on the entire body. A 12-ounce serving of cola contains an average of 39 grams of sugar and can wreak havoc in your mouth. The sticky syrup of cola can stick around in your mouth if you’re not washing it down with water, leading to bacteria accumulation, halitosis and tooth erosion.

“Tooth loss, periodontal disease, and gingivitis can be problems, especially with a high phosphorus intake, particularly from soft drinks. All kinds of bone problems can occur with prolonged calcium deficiency, which causes a decrease in bone mass,” according to Elson M. Haas’ “The Detox Diet: A How-To & When-To Guide for Cleansing the Body.”

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