It doesn’t matter if your glass is half-empty or half-full. The many benefits of water are widely known, especially when it comes to our bodies. Staying hydrated helps us in many ways including getting rid of waste, promoting skin elasticity, and keeping muscles healthy and moving. Water is not just great for your body; it’s also great for your oral health.
Water Strengthens Teeth
The United States is one of the few countries that adds fluoride to its water. Fluoride is a significant contributor to your oral health. Fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter and provides many benefits to your teeth. Flouride mixes with tooth enamel in developing teeth and helps prevent tooth decay. It also works with your saliva to prevent plaque. Fluoride is naturally present in groundwater and the oceans. Water fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride to a recommended level for preventing tooth decay. It’s similar to fortifying other foods and beverages, like fortifying salt with iodine, milk with vitamin D, orange juice with calcium, and bread with folic acid.
Water Keeps Your Mouth Clean
Drinking any liquid will help you wash down your food, but nothing works as well as water! When you drink sugary drinks like soda, juice, sports beverages, and sweet tea, unwanted sugars are left behind. Those sugars start to wear down your tooth enamel because bacteria that naturally exist in your mouth ingests sugar to form an acid that attacks the enamel. Since water doesn’t contain sugar, it washes away the food you eat and any debris left behind leaving nothing for bacteria to eat. It also dilutes the acid in your mouth that wants to destroy your enamel. The fluoride in the water also provides your teeth with a coating to defend against acids and reverse tooth decay.
Water Helps Fight Against Bad Breath
Who knew that a cup of water could fight against the worst morning breath or bad breath? Morning breath is caused by dry mouth, think of all of that bacteria going to work – it’s going to smell bad. By drinking water throughout the day, you can stave off morning breath. It also washes away food particles and prevents tooth decay that contributes to bad breath.
There are so many reasons to drink water, and improving your oral health is just one. Now, drinking water doesn’t mean you can ditch your regular oral health habits. Be sure to brush three times per day and floss as often as possible. But drinking water after you eat can help clear food debris that can lead to tooth decay and other oral issues. Drink your water throughout the day! Schedule your next appointment with us!