How Carbonated Beverages Affect Teeth
Bad news for Diet Coke and La Croix fans - carbonated beverages are bad for your body, and your teeth. As it turns out, the acidic compounds found in carbonated beverages can wear down and weaken tooth enamel, leaving you with a higher risk of developing cavities and tooth infections.
Are carbonated beverages bad for teeth?
While sparkling water, mineral water, and other forms of carbonated water don’t appear to cause any tooth erosion, other carbonated beverages and their artificial dyes, colors, and other ingredients do, with sodas and diets sodas being the biggest culprits.
How are carbonated beverages made?
Carbonated beverages can contribute their unique makeup to the carbon dioxide gas that is created by combining carbon dioxide and water at extremely high pressure rates (approximately 1,200 pounds per square inch).
What makes carbonated beverages fizz?
When a can or plastic container of soda or sparkling water is sealed, the bubbles, and the fizz, are concentrated in their pressurized state, but once the can or container is opened, those carbon dioxide molecules rapidly expand and break free from the enclosed contents, rising to the surface in the form of bubbles, which are released not only in the packaging, but also in your body, which can lead to bloating, gas, and other uncomfortable side effects.
What are some examples of carbonated beverages?
Carbonated beverages are available in a variety of mixtures and flavors. Coca-Cola, Mountain Dew, and Pepsi are three of the most common types of carbonated beverages with the highest amounts of carbonation. Some of the most common types of carbonated beverages include:
- Club Soda
- Energy Drinks
- Ginger Ale
- Ginger Beer
- Mineral Water
- Root Beer
- Seltzer Water
- Soda + Diet Soda
- Sparkling Water
- Tonic Water
How Carbonated Beverages Affect Your Body
Carbonated beverages are believed to cause a variety of unpleasant side effects and health concerns, including:
- Acid Reflux
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Kidney Stones
Can you drink carbonated beverages during pregnancy?
While carbonated beverages themselves are not proven to be toxic or harmful to an unborn child, some of the ingredients found in many of them are. Carbonated waters tend to be acceptable for consumption during pregnancy, but many pregnant women are advised to steer clear of carbonated sodas and juices that contain copious amounts of caffeine, sugar, and artificial ingredients.
Carbonated Beverages and Caffeine
Because carbonated beverages typically tend to include caffeine, they should be strictly limited during pregnancy. Consult your obstetrician to discuss whether or not caffeine or carbonated beverages should be limited or excluded from your diet during pregnancy.
Carbonated Beverages and Artificial Ingredients
Another potentially harmful ingredient found in many carbonated beverages are artificial dyes, colors, and sweeteners, which have been proven to produce birth defects in lab tests.
Carbonated Beverages and Heartburn
If you’re already experiencing symptoms of heartburn during pregnancy, carbonated beverages can exacerbate this condition, so it’s best to steer clear of them in order to avoid further discomfort.
This article was reviewed by Dr. Miles Moore of Memphis Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Moore is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists who has received extensive training in implant dentistry. He is a member of multiple dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, the American Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Memphis Dental Society.