Our bodies are 60% water; Staying hydrated helps your body get rid of waste, gives your skin a healthy glow, and keeps muscles moving. Drinking water is also one of the best things you can do for your teeth – especially if it’s fluoridated. Read on to find out why water is always a winner for your dental health.
It Strengthens Your Teeth
Drinking water with fluoride (“nature’s cavity fighter”) is one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do to help prevent cavities. Studies have proven that water with added fluoride prevents tooth decay and lessens one’s chances of getting cavities, whereas water without fluoride shows an increase in permanent tooth decay and declined oral health.
It Keeps Your Mouth Clean
Drinking juice, soda or sports drinks may satisfy your cravings, but they leave unwanted sugar on your teeth. The cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth love to eat sugar and produce acid that wears away enamel, which is the outer shell of your teeth. Many of these drinks also have added acids (phosphoric, citrus or malic acid) to make them taste less sweet, but those acids also cause trouble by eroding away enamel.
Water, however, cleans your mouth with every sip. It washes away leftover food and residue that cavity-causing bacteria are looking for. It also dilutes the acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth. You’ll still need to brush twice a day for two minutes and clean between your teeth, but drinking water through the day will go a long way toward keeping your smile cavity-free.
It Fights Dry Mouth
Saliva is your mouth’s first defense against tooth decay. The production of saliva in your mouth naturally strengthens and cleanses teeth with the production of minerals (calcium & phosphorus) it contains. It also fights against common germs, balances the acidity in your mouth and keeps it in an alkaline state.
When your saliva supply runs low, dry mouth may put you at risk for tooth decay. Drinking water can help cut your risk as you and your dentist work to find the best long-term solution for you.
Sweetened drinks that are high in sugar and calories, create a perfect storm that puts you at risk for cavities and other unhealthy consequences like weight gain. In fact, studies have shown that drinking water can actually help you lose weight. So the next time you need a drink, go guilt-free with water to take care of your body and your smile.