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3 Ways Drinking More Water Can Improve Oral Health

We are all aware of the many benefits of water to your overall health. Your body is made up of mostly water, and bodily fluids aid the body in performing vital functions such as the digestion of food, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body systems. Did you know that water is also beneficial for your oral care? Not many people do, that is why we are here to teach you great habits to keep your teeth and gums healthy and lively. One way to do this by drinking more water.

Water Strengthens Your Teeth – When It’s the Right Water

The right water is water containing the mineral fluoride, which has been added to water supplies across the world to help improve oral care and promote the habit of drinking water. When you eat foods like candy and pasta, cavity-causing bacteria eat these foods and produce acids that damage your teeth. When fluoride enters your enamel, it stops your teeth from forming cavities from these harmful acids, together with calcium and phosphate. This makes your teeth and gums much stronger and more resilient to decay.

Water Freshens Your Teeth

Regularly drinking water can wash away food residue and odor causing bacteria in your mouth to keep your breath smelling good. It may only rinse the particles down, but every little bit helps.

Water Keeps Your Mouth Clean

When you consume sugary drinks like sodas and sports drinks, a lot of sugar is left in your mouth that can lead to your tooth enamel wearing out. Having water instead will protect your teeth from some of the harmful sugar. It also washes away any debris left behind leaving the bacteria with nothing to consume. Water dilutes the acid in your mouth, preventing any further damage to your teeth.

Water has so many more benefits, and your oral health is just one. Health authorities recommend you consume at least half a gallon of water every day. Do you want to check in on your oral healthcare? Get in touch with us today to set up an appointment.