DRINKING-WATER AND ORAL HEALTH

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Water is one of the classes of food which makes it essential though a lot of individuals do not see it as such. Water is one food you can take without adding calorie. When it comes to your health, nothing is as important as water. After all, water makes up about 60% of the human body. Without this vital liquid, our bodies would literally be unable to function.

However, water is also very important to oral health, it keeps the oral environment wet and clean therefore enhancing the following.

How is water good for your teeth? 

There are quite a few ways in which water aids in protecting your oral health, from fighting off dry mouth to helping strengthen tooth enamel. Drinking water keeps your mouth clean, lowers your risk of gum disease, fights plaque and cavities, and even helps prevent stains.

Fluoride Boost

Fluoride is an element naturally found in the earth’s crust. All the water around us—including the water we drink—naturally contains fluoride. And many towns and cities add regulated level of fluoride to drinking water for their residents. Every time you drink water, you’re providing an additional boost of tooth enamel-protecting fluoride to your teeth. Strong enamel helps protect against cavities and tooth decay. Just a reminder, this does not necessarily apply to bottled water or filtered water.

Lowered Gum Disease Risk

Every time you drink water, the liquid helps wash away harmful bacteria and food particles in your mouth. Water keeps those bacteria and particles from clinging to teeth and forming plaque, the main cause of gum disease. Not only does gum disease cause discomfort, swelling, and bleeding, if left untreated it can cause severe tooth decay, tooth loss, and even bone loss. 

Cavity-Fighting Power

Water keeps your mouth clean and helps fight cavities. When plaque build-up eats away at the tooth’s hard enamel coating, it creates a small hole in the tooth. The bacteria can then get inside the hole and make a cavity. It’s important to remember cavities are not just for kids—adults are at risk as well. The more water you drink, the less likely you are to develop cavities. 

No Dry Mouth

Increased water drinking helps ensure that dry mouth never becomes a problem. Dry mouth is a condition where the salivary glands do not produce enough saliva. When that happens, bacteria and food particles can stick to your teeth, causing issues like gum disease and cavities. Dry mouth also causes bad breath and can even impact your tongue, making it hard to speak, taste, and chew.

Helps Whiten Teeth

Does water whiten teeth? Yes, it can help keep teeth whiter! Drinking water helps ensure dark-colored beverages and foods do not leave stains on your teeth. Water washes the colored residues these foods and drinks leave behind. When you’re drinking red wine, coffee, tea, and dark sodas, or eating tomato sauce, pomegranates, or blueberries, we suggest drinking water between sips and bites to help prevent stains.

 

Water Aids in the Restoration of Tooth Enamel

Another reason that drinking water is helpful for your teeth is that it remineralizes them. The mineral concentration of your tooth enamel is significantly higher than that of your bones. Water enriched with trace minerals and fluoride aids in the restoration and strengthening of your enamel. Minerals and fluoride, on the other hand, are usually exclusively found in tap and mineral water. Filtered and bottled water are frequently deficient in important minerals, whereas distilled and reverse osmosis water are devoid of minerals and fluoride. Ask about scheduling a series of fluoride treatments at your next appointment with Smiles Of Memorial if you prefer filtered or distilled water for its purity.

We hope that you have now understood why drinking an adequate amount of water is necessary for your oral health along with brushing your teeth and executing other steps related to oral hygiene. 

Helps fight against bad breath

Did you ever think of water helping fight against bad breath? It does a lot to help 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.

Drinking water helps encourage a healthy blood supply to your mouth.

Health water intake supports a healthy circulatory system. Blood plasma can be as much as 90 percent water, so if your body does not have enough water, your blood supply can be less and your circulatory system may slow. What you may not realize is just how important all this is to your teeth. A healthy blood supply is critical to the health of your gums, saliva production, and more.

It’s Sugar and Calorie Free 

Many sodas and juices are high in sugar content, which can put us at risk for cavities and tooth decay. It can also contribute to weight gain. Drinking water is always sugar-free, calorie-free and can help us cut calories and stay healthy! 

Keeps the Entire Body Healthy

As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, water is vital to your overall health. Illness or infection in other parts of your body can affect your oral health and vice versa. The healthier your body is, the easier it will be to fight illnesses like diabetes and heart disease that also impact on your oral health. 

Tips for Drinking More Water

  • Carry a water bottle with you everywhere you go. This way you are more likely to actually drink water when you are thirsty instead of drinking something else. 
  • Monitor how much water you drink on a daily basis and then set goals throughout the day to increase or maintain your water intake. 
  • Work on sipping water gradually throughout the day instead of gulping down large amounts all at once. Not only is water better absorbed when taken in slowly, but sipping water prevents you from feeling bloated. 
  • Try drinking water before and after every meal. This helps you to reach your total daily water intake. Drinking water before a meal helps to decrease the amount of food you eat, while drinking water after a meal helps to clean your mouth and rinse away food particles. 

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