Why Water is Good For Your Teeth

Good For Your Teeth,Dr. Claudia

We all know that there is a list of benefits when it comes to why water is good for your body. Consuming enough water daily is vital to the way our bodies functions and recovers from everyday forces. Our bodies are made of 60% water, and staying hydrated helps your body and system distribute healthy nutrients, gets rid of waste, gives your skin a healthy glow and keeps your muscles moving. Consuming water religiously can help with our hair, skin and nails, and is also beneficial for our teeth. Drinking water is beneficial to your smile since the fluoride in water can help fight cavities naturally, which makes it one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do to keep your smile healthy and strong. Keep reading to find out the other ways that consuming water frequently can help keep your mouth healthy and strong. 

Helps Dry Mouth

Saliva is an important part of your mouth and how it operates, and since it is made up of 99% water, it is crucial to stay hydrated. When you are not producing enough saliva, you will most likely experience dry mouth, which is a condition that makes it hard to swallow and chew because of a lack of saliva. Saliva is your mouth’s first defense against tooth decay. It washes away leftover food, helps you swallow with ease and keeps your teeth strong by washing them with calcium, phosphate and fluoride. When your saliva supply runs low, dry mouth may also put you at risk for tooth decay. By drinking enough water, you help prevent dry mouth and ensure that your saliva is produced at an optimal rate. Drinking water can help cut your risk as you and your dentist work to find the best long-term solution for you. 

Strengthens Your Teeth

Fluoride is a mineral and in the right amount, fluoride in drinking water strengthens teeth. You can generally get fluoride in your local tap water. In 2015, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a recommendation for the optimal fluoride level that should be in drinking water to prevent tooth decay. Why there is some controversy about fluoridation,  water fluoridation is endorsed by the American Medical Association, the American Dental Association and the CDC, which lists it as one of the top 10 most important public health measures of the 20th century. Studies have shown that cities that consume water with fluoride in it, is more likely to get cavities than the cities that don’t have fluoride in their water. 

Cleanses Your Mouth

Water is a great mouth cleaner because it washes away leftover food and particles that cause bacteria to grow on your teeth. The cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth love to eat sugar and produce acid that breaks down enamel, which is the outer shell of your teeth. It also dilutes the acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth. Drinking juice, soda or sports drinks, on the other hand, can leave unwanted sugar behind. Many of these drinks also have added acids (phosphoric, citrus or malic acid) to make them taste less sweet, but those acids also cause trouble by eating away enamel. Water cleans your mouth with every sip and is beneficial by rinsing away leftover food and residue that cavity-causing bacteria are looking for. It also dilutes the acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth. You’ll still need to brush twice a day for two minutes and clean between your teeth, but drinking water through the day will go a long way toward keeping your smile cavity-free. 

Helps Fight Bad Breath

Not only can water help strengthen your enamel and help wash away food after eating, but it can also help fight against bad breath.  Morning breath is caused by dry mouth, and drinking water throughout the day naturally helps with that. It also washes away food particles and tooth decay that can also contribute towards bad breath and it keeps bad breath from forming in the first place. Be sure to drink a sufficient amount of water, about six to eight 8-ounce glasses daily to avoid dry mouth. Drinking water will help keep odor under control because it helps wash away food particles and bacteria, the primary cause of bad breath.