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Drinking water is great for your body, but it is especially good for your teeth. Your dental health affects not only the quality of your smile, but also your overall health. Committing to drinking more water has many practical benefits which help to improve your oral health.
Sipping fluoridated water throughout the day will benefit your body in many ways, and here are 4 ways that drinking water improves your smile.
Why Staying Hydrated Matters
Water is unlike any other drink, and it is by far the healthiest drink available. Our bodies are made of 60% water, and staying hydrated helps your system distribute healthy nutrients and gets rid of waste. Water also gives your skin a healthy glow and keeps your muscles moving correctly.
Strengthening Your Smile
One of the easiest ways to prevent cavities is by drinking water with fluoride. Drinking water with fluoride, which is “nature’s cavity fighter” is one of the most accessible and most beneficial things you can do to help prevent cavities. Fluoride is a mineral, and in the right amount, fluoride in drinking water can help to strengthen your teeth. You can generally get fluoride in your local tap water.
In 2015, the 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. While there is often controversy about fluoridation, water fluoridation is endorsed by the American Medical Association, the American Dental Association, and the CDC. Fluoridated water is listed as one of the top 10 most important public health measures of the 20th century.
Washes Away Bacteria
Water is a great mouth cleaner because it can wash away leftover food and residue that cavity-causing bacteria love to eat inside your mouth. The cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth love to eat sugar and produce an acid that wears away the enamel on the outer shell of your teeth. Water can dilute the acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth, lessening the risk of developing tooth decay.
Prevents Dry Mouth
Did you know that the saliva in your mouth is made up of 99% water? When you are low on saliva, you will most likely experience dry mouth. A condition that makes it hard to swallow and chew, dry mouth is a lack of natural 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. When the saliva in your mouth washes over your teeth, it washes them with calcium, phosphate, and fluoride.
When you have little saliva due to a dry mouth, your natural cavity fighter can no longer help you. Drinking water will reduce your risk of tooth decay by stimulating your saliva production.
Drinking juice, soda or sports drinks can leave unwanted sugar behind on your teeth. Not to mention that the rising consumption of sugary beverages has been a significant contribution to the increasing rate of obesity in the United States. People who consume 1-2 sugary drinks per day are 26% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Swapping out sugary drinks for a glass of water will help keep your body healthy and hydrated.
Not only does water have zero calories, but it contains no sugar, making it incredibly healthy and the perfect way to decrease sugar cravings.
Increase Your Water Intake
Drinking water has many health benefits, and it can help improve your dental health too. If you find yourself falling short of your water consumption goals, start taking small steps to make it easier to get your recommended eight glasses each day. Tompkins Dental would love to share our favorite hydration-hacks with you at your next exam.