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August 30, 2017 6:00 pm
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Maybe you’re freaking out because you heard the six cases of La Croix stacked in your pantry are going to eff up your teeth. As a daily drinker of seltzer and flavored sparkling water, and a fanatic about the health of my teeth, I certainly was. So to find out the cold hard facts, I reached out to a pro for the exact details of these grapevine claims.

The bad news first? It’s possible: Carbonated drinks can hurt your teeth.

The more you drink acidic drinks, the more enamel erosion you could potentially cause.

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But how much is too much? You might not need to cut the bubbles cold turkey—Dr. Rozenberg says it all depends on the person.

She explains that your saliva can counterbalance and neutralize the acids within the drink. So if you tend to have a dry mouth, you should execute caution. “It’s always better to drink sparkling water with meals because you are stimulating salivary flow.”

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At the end of the day, your love for sparkling water shouldn’t take the place of regular water. However, also note that sparkling water or seltzer water isn’t the worse thing for your teeth either. When compared to soda, it is less acidic and has less sugar, which we all know is a substance that also contributes to tooth decay.

Like many other things in life, it looks like your love of bubbles needs to be treated as a balancing act.

This article originally appeared in InStyle by Victoria Moorhouse.

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