Drinking more water isn’t just good for your health, it’s good for your mouth too. Water has an important impact on dental health, helping you to keep your mouth cleaner, fresher, and well cared for every time you take a drink.
Water that contains Fluoride can help strengthen your teeth. Fluoride is a mineral that can help prevent cavities and strengthen teeth. Most tap water contains fluoride as recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is just one consistent benefit of drinking more water.
Saliva assists in keeping your mouth clean and healthy. A dry mouth not only can affect breath odor, but it can also affect how plaque proliferates in the mouth, making it a more comfortable environment for bacteria to continue to cause decay, and for cavities to form. Drinking more water can help to wash away food and drink residue, helping to keep your mouth cleaner between meals. This doesn’t take the place of tooth brushing, but it is one way that drinking more water protects your teeth!
Balanced pH Levels
Acid can weaken tooth enamel and cause cavities over time. Often times food high in acid can throw the pH levels in your mouth off, making an environment more likely to weaken teeth. Water has a neutral pH level of 7, helping to balance the mouth out so that those teeth destroying acids are washed away each time you take a sip of cold refreshing water.
Healthier Alternative to Sugary Drinks
Sugary drinks, energy drinks, soda, and fruit juice can harm your teeth as well, but they can also affect the rest of your body. Water is overall a healthy and refreshing drink that helps our bodies function at their best. Your mouth is no different, water does more fuel your body, it protects your teeth! Water is vital to have a healthy body. Drinking more water is the healthiest thing you can do when you reach for something to drink.
Although drinking water can be a benefit to oral health, it is no replacement for regular cleaning and care. Stop by our Lubbock office for an appointment, and talk to your dentist about different ways that you can improve your oral health, and maintain a healthy smile!