Get the Down-low on Carbonated Beverages and Oral Health
SUMMARY: We 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.
Posted: February 7, 2013We 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.
Energy drinks Do you get your morning kick of energy from drinks like a Rockstar? Did you know that one can has the sugar equivalent to six Krispy Kreme doughnuts? Oh boy! All that sugar combined with the carbonation of this drink is enough to cause you bad breath and plenty of other health issues. High sugar content drinks attract bacteria to your mouth and can lead to stinky breath all day and only for a sugar crash later in the day? Red Bull and Monster are slightly better for you, with between 60 to 80 less calories per can, respectively. If you're an energy drink fiend, choose the Monster Lo-Carb. It only has 6 grams of sugar and 20 calories.
Soda machine I'm sure you've seen commercials for magic soda machines that turn ordinary water into a delicious bubbly beverage right in front of your eyes! These machines are actually receiving some positive nods for many reasons one being that the machine is a healthier alternative to cans and bottles. Although you can actually use whatever brand of flavoring you wish, the regular flavors have less sugar, calories, carbs and sodium. They are also made without high-fructose corn syrup. Do you know what this means? They are much less harmful on your body and mouth. These more natural flavors will likely cause less stomach issues, and the lower sugar content won't eat away at your enamel this is a win-win to prevent halitosis. If you're a soda-holic, this may be a great alternative to the supermarket brands, and these products cost less overall.