We all know water is an essential part of life, allowing us to stay hydrated, have clear skin, and optimized brain health. But did you know that drinking water is also one of the best things you can do for the health of your teeth? Let’s review some of the major benefits that drinking water can bring to your dental health.
1) Strength: If you regularly drink water, especially with fluoride in it, you can strengthen your teeth and help prevent the presence of cavities. Having fluoride present in water supply has had a major improvement in the public’s dental health for more than 70 years. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has described this change as one of the 10 best public health advances of the 20th century. So, drink up!
2) Clean Mouth: Water is a great cleaner for the cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth. In addition, it dilutes the acids in your mouth that cause enamel erosion – that’s a win-win situation!
3) Mouth Hydration: Drinking water hydrates your mouth which allows for proper saliva supply. Did you know that your saliva in your mouth is your body’s first line of defense for breaking down food and preventing tooth decay? When your mouth becomes dehydrated, you are at higher risk of tooth decay because your saliva levels lower.
Of course, proper hydration never takes the place of brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist regularly. You should always ensure you take these proper dental hygiene steps, plus drink plenty of water for optimal health of your teeth and gums.