Does the idea of plain water make you less likely to drink it? Do you need something added to make it tasty and consumable? You’re not alone. Many individuals prefer flavored water, which is why there are endless products available at the grocery store to make a regular glass of water taste like cherry, grape, tropical punch, or even watermelon strawberry. But are these additives helping or hurting your teeth? A local dentist explains what to watch for to avoid the potential for cavities while consuming your daily water intake.
The Truth About Flavored Water
It’s easy to assume that water of any kind is healthy and good for your smile and body. While normally, this is true, there are things that can make this energy-fueling beverage less than ideal for your teeth – one of which is flavoring.
Fruit juices and sports drinks contain high amounts of sugar and acidity, putting teeth at risk for erosion over time. The same, however, can be said for flavored water. Because these additives are often acidic, they can present a clear danger that results in the breakdown of tooth enamel. This can eventually lead to tooth sensitivity, cavities, and serious damage.
Can Flavored Water Be Enjoyed at All?
No one is saying you cannot enjoy any type of flavored water ever again. The truth of the matter, however, is that it should be consumed in moderation. Having a glass now and then is fine as long as you remember to clean your teeth afterward or at least rinse with regular, unflavored water when you’re finished.
Also, it’s best not to sip on flavored water, as the acidity in the additive will linger on your tooth enamel for much longer.
Ways to Avoid Possible Cavities
To minimize your risk of developing decay while consuming flavored water, you’ll need to:
- Drink it in moderation
- Use a straw to limit the exposure between your tooth enamel and the flavored additive
- Rinse your mouth with regular water or brush your teeth after you’re finished with your drink
- Stick to plain water, as this is the safest and most beneficial beverage you can consume when it comes to keeping your smile and body looking and feeling their best
Adding a bit of orange, raspberry, or peach to your water doesn’t have to destroy your teeth if you are mindful of how often and how much you consume. But if you want to limit the possibility of developing cavities, you’ll find it is best to pair your next meal or workout with regular, hydrating, plain water.
About the Authors
Dr. Thomas Meschke and Dr. Aaron Swingdorf are dentists in Chaska who believe in the power of preventive care. Helping patients take better care of their teeth and gums extends beyond the confines of our dental office and instead, extends to the individual’s home. Offering tips and recommendations to use while caring for smiles at home, our team can help patients take charge of their oral health by avoiding cavity-causing foods and beverages – one of which is flavored water. If you would like to learn more, contact us at (952) 448-4151.
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