Bottled Water & Your Dental Health

There is a hidden cavity danger lurking in your bottled water!

In chemistry, pH (potential of hydrogen) is a numeric scale used to specify the acidity or basicity of an aqueous solution. Solutions with a pH less than 7 are acidic and solutions with a pH greater than 7 are basic. Pure water is neutral, at pH 7, being neither an acid nor a base.

There is a constant seesaw battle in your mouth between acidic things like bacteria and some foods and drinks that can demineralize and soften your teeth, and the minerals in your saliva that make them hard again. As it turns out, most of the bottled water you buy at the grocery store has a very acidic pH of 4.0 or below! Water! I always assumed it was all basically neutral and harmless hovering around pH 7.0, but apparently this is not the case. Research your favorite brand of bottled water to make sure that you aren’t bathing your teeth in a harmful fluid 50 times a day.

This discovery has greater implications than its effect on teeth. In terms of overall health, ingesting acidic water all day could turn the entire pH of the body acidic, which helps set the stage for many diseases, including cancer.

Research the pH of your favorite brand of bottled water before your next trip to the grocery store. You will want to avoid the ones that are acidic.

READ: The pH of Beverages in the United States (PDF)