How Drinking Water Can Improve Your Oral HealthFebruary 20, 2017
It is common knowledge that water is the building block of life, but do you also know that it provides a number of benefits to your oral health? Here are several ways in which drinking water can result in a healthier smile.
It Improves Saliva Production
Saliva is made up of 99% water. This substance is effective for helping to fight against cavities. When you drink an adequate amount of water, you are also keeping your tooth enamel strong and defending against cavities. When saliva levels are low, you will experience a dry mouth, which can create difficulties when trying to swallow food.
It Provides Fluoride for your Teeth
Water contains fluoride, which can be beneficial for your teeth. The American Dental Association (ADA) reports that this substance is helpful for preventing tooth decay in at least a quarter of children and adults.
Clears Sugar from Your Teeth
Once you have finished a meal, some leftover food can still be found between your teeth. These remaining particles will eventually lead to the development of cavities. By drinking an adequate amount of water, you can clear unwanted sugar buildup. You can simply swish the water in your mouth for around 30 seconds after each meal. This will help clear away any debris or leftover food from your previous meal.
Water is the healthiest, most natural drink available. Generally, you should have a recommended amount of servings per day. If you have additional questions about how your teeth can benefit from water, you are welcome to contact our office.