Maybe it's just more conventional wisdom, but I remember a friend back then swearing off all carbonated drinks because it was supposedly damaging to teeth because of its acidity or something. Is there any truth in this? Or is it really the sugar in most carbonated drinks?
Related to that last question, I used to be LC but I've tried adding starches back in without any immediately noticeable effect on weight or other things (I don't have glucose monitors or anything like that), but one thing I've wondered is what effect, if any it would have on dental health in the long-term, given that carbs supposedly give food for the bacteria on the teeth (but then, is that assuming there are no bacteria that eats fat/protein in food? or do they function differently?)?
Hi Dracil, I am a dentist,
Carbonated water is slightly acidic. As long as you are drinking it and not holding it in your mouth for long periods of time it is not a problem. It is the sugar in the lower pH environment that seems to be the problem here. Lemons are much more acidic and people who suck on them habitually for long periods seem to be the only ones who lose tooth enamel this way. This is called erosion, not decay.
Any fermentable carbohydrate can cause tooth decay to progress. So yes starches can cause some decay. The amylase in your saliva can break them into sugar. Remember to brush your teeth, hope this helped.
HI, Carbonated water gets it's carbonation from carbonic acid. Any acid is bad for your teeth. But like anything else, if you do it in moderation, there shouldn't be a problem. Just make sure you take good care of your teeth by brushing and flossing.
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