Is Your Bottled Water Increasing Your Tooth Decay Risk?

Is Your Bottled Water Increasing Your Tooth Decay Risk?
Posted on 04/25/2016

With more and more people juggling their increasingly busy schedules, bottled water is a convenient way to stay hydrated on the go. What many do not know, is that the pH (acid or alkaline) levels of bottled water can vary greatly, causing potential dental risks.

A pH of 7 is considered neutral. Anything below that number is considered acidic. Anything above is considered alkaline. When drinking liquids with a pH below 7, the neutral environment of our mouths becomes more acidic, potentially causing a breakdown of the enamel surfaces, increasing our risk for dental cavities. The more frequent the exposure and the lower the pH, the higher the risk. Shockingly, some common brands of bottled water have the same acidity level as soda and other carbonated drinks!

So what can we do to lower our risks? How do we know what the pH of our bottled water is? Unfortunately, not all brands have pH levels labeled on the bottle. You can research the acidity of the brands you choose online to make sure you are choosing the right bottled water for you.  If you are drinking a brand that is acidic, consider another brand with a neutral pH or try drinking it with a meal vs. sipping on it throughout the day. This can reduce your exposure time to the acid, and lower your overall risks. You can also consult with Dr. Burks about what brands would be best for you.

The more we educate ourselves about the foods and drinks we consume, the more we can protect ourselves from tooth decay! If you have any questions regarding water consumption, please contact your Winter Springs dentist at 407-327-2030. We look forward to seeing you soon!