They tell you to quit beer, so you switch to coffee.
Then they tell you coffee’s no darned good either, so you start drinking some all-American farm-fresh milk… except now that’s out, too.
Well at least they can’t take your tall, cold glass of seltzer away. Just water and bubbles… and what could possibly be wrong with that?
One relatively unscientific article in The Atlantic recently reported that carbonated water contains carbonic acid, which can eat away at your enamel and is therefore bad for your teeth.
While the pH level of plain water is a neutral 7, the pH of seltzer comes in at around a 5.5.
This little piece of “journalism” sparked breathless headlines elsewhere in the media that mourned the loss of their beloved seltzer, calling the news “terrible,” “tragic,” and “sad.”
Well, I did some digging of my own, and I couldn’t uncover a single study that proves drinking seltzer or club soda will cause cavities, tooth decay, or ANY other problems in your mouth.
One study did claim that seltzer could start to corrode your teeth to the same extent as orange juice…but only if you were to hold it in your mouth for 30 minutes.
Just drinking the stuff like a normal person isn’t going to give you a mouthful of black, rotten teeth — so until there’s some real science behind this apocalyptic announcement, feel free to drink up.
And so concludes another chapter in our “Don’t Believe Everything You Read” lesson book.