Is Caffeinated Water Safe for Your Teeth?
Posted on 6/7/2021 by Crossroads Family Dental
|Caffeinated water is an alternative to other caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea, energy drinks, and soda. As long as you choose a variety that does not contain any added sugars or other tooth-damaging ingredients like citric acid, caffeinated water is safe for your teeth. Here are some of the potential oral health benefits that come with drinking caffeinated water.
It Does Not Stain Your Teeth
Unlike other caffeinated beverages like coffee, black tea, and soda, caffeinated water will not stain your teeth. Caffeine is not inherently harmful to teeth; it is compounds called tannins that are found in coffee and tea that build up on your teeth and lead to discoloration. Plus, these drinks (along with soda) are acidic, which wears down your enamel and makes your teeth more susceptible to staining. If the caffeinated water you drink only lists caffeine and water as its ingredients, it will not stain your teeth.
It Will Not Erode Your Enamel
Acidic caffeinated beverages including soda, coffee, and tea are known for damaging your enamel. When your enamel begins to erode, your teeth are at an increased risk for cavities, tooth decay, discoloration, and gum disease. If you add sugar to the equation, like with energy drinks or sweetened coffee beverages, these drinks become even worse for your teeth. Caffeinated water, on the other hand, will not damage your enamel as long as you choose a variety that does not contain any sugar or acid.
Drinking Water Keeps Your Mouth Healthy
Finally, caffeinated water can help your teeth because drinking water is great for your overall oral health. Drinking water helps keep your mouth clean and wash away food particles, plaque, and bacteria after meals. Water, including caffeinated water, is also important for preventing dry mouth or xerostomia, which can contribute to gum disease, bad breath, and other oral health issues. Some caffeinated water brands might also include fluoride, which is an important mineral for rebuilding your enamel and preventing tooth decay. If you are interested in learning about other beverages that are safe for your teeth, call our office.