When our Silver City, NM team talks with you about drinking water, you might shrug your shoulders and think, “Sure, yes, I know what water is, and I definitely need to drink enough of it!” However, you might not think beyond that thought. If you’re someone who sticks with liquid H2O, you don’t add anything to it, and you don’t drink it in any other form (yep, we will get to that in a jiffy), then good! You’ve won our admiration on the topic because this is very good for your oral health. However, if you’re starting to think you may have a thing or two to learn from us at the moment, then stick around. Our Q&A may offer insight you really need!

Questions and Answers

Question: What if I prefer sparkling water over still water? I’ve always heard that anything carbonated is bad for my oral health, so I never know whether or not it’s okay to select something bubbly over something flat.

Answer: If you talk with us about this question when we see you for a visit, you will find that the answer will be something like this: Sparkling is just fine. It’s not the carbonation that makes most bubbly drinks bad for your smile. It’s the acidity and sugar. As long as your sparkling water is just that (water only), then you’re in the clear. However, if it has flavoring or sweetener added, you’ll need to take a closer look!

Question: What if I just like to add a fresh squeeze of lemon to my water? Is this enough to alter the pH value, thereby making it acidic and unsafe for my smile? Or, is this just going to give me the little bit of flavor that I am after without hurting my oral health?

Answer: Unfortunately, when you add any amount of lemon to your water, you’re lowering the pH, which means it’s becoming more acidic. This is never good for your smile. It’s always a potential threat.

Question: How about eating ice? I feel like it’s a very easy way to add some hydration to my daily intake, it lasts a while, I like the crunch, and it’s refreshing. Is there anything wrong with eating ice when it comes to my oral health?

Answer: Never eat ice if you can help it. The cubes, crushed, or other forms can so easily damage or crack your teeth!

Enjoy Asking Questions About Keeping Your Smile Safe

When you come in for your checkups, cleanings, and more, it’s always a wonderful time for you to bring up any questions you may have about your oral health. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.