Ways Drinking Water Improves Dental Health
Your dental health is important as it not only affects the quality of your smile but also, your overall health. You may already take steps in protecting your dental health, such as brushing your teeth, flossing daily, and you may have regular dental check-ups. Yet may not realise that drinking water is also important for your dental health.
It doesn’t matter if your glass is half-empty or half-full ! Drinking water is always good for your health. Our bodies are made of 60% water, and staying hydrated helps your whole system distribute healthy nutrients, get rid of waste and gives your skin a healthy glow. Sipping water is also one of the best things you can do for your teeth – especially if it has fluoride in.
Here are some reasons why you should be drinking clean water to protect your teeth and gums.
Drinking Water Strengthens Teeth
Dentists recommend you brush your teeth multiple times each day. The ideal routine includes brushing in the morning, after each meal, and before bed.
Drinking water throughout the day can help to keep your teeth clean as it rinses off food residue and acid left over by some foods. Drinking water also rinses away bacteria and sugars that would otherwise work together to cause cavities. If this residue is not removed from the surface and between your teeth, your cavities will be full of bacteria. Water, therefore, rinses away bacteria.
Additionally, if the water supply contains fluoride,it will also help prevent cavities by strengthening the structure and enamel of your teeth.
Drinking Water Reduces Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is caused by a lack of saliva. Saliva helps to prevent tooth decay by washing away leftover food. Therefore when there isn’t enough of it teeth can become clogged with food.
If you have ever experienced dry mouth, you know it is an uncomfortable feeling. When our mouth feels dry, we instinctively want to drink and quench our thirst. Did you know that a dry mouth is often an indication that we are not only thirsty, but are actually dehydrated. By drinking plenty of water, you will improve your dental health by staying hydrated and supporting saliva production.
Drinking Water Reduces Bad Breath
If you have ever experienced halitosis (bad breath), you know it can be embarrassing. It can have a negative impact on your interactions with others and generally make you feel bad. Poor dental health, dirty teeth, built up bacteria, and dry mouth can all contribute to bad breath.
Not surprisingly, our fear of bad breath has created a multi-million pound industry of products are intended to reduce and eliminate the odor. They are some-what ineffective in removing the problem though as they simply cover it up. So the question is, how can you eliminate bad breath? By drinking water!
Drinking Water Hydrates Your Gums
Your dental health is not just about your teeth. It includes your gums as well. Poor gum health can lead to gingivitis and tooth loss, and it impacts your full-body health. You should always tell your dentist of other health conditions when visiting as they can impact upon your dental care, for example: Research from the British Heart Foundation shows that gum disease is associated with heart disease.
Drinking Water Lowers Your Mouth pH level
Most of us probably do not give much thought to the pH level of our mouths. A neutral pH level in your mouth is 7.0, but acidic foods and beverages can change that. This can lead to bad bacteria growth and tooth decay. Fluoride however protects the tooth enamel against the acids that cause tooth decay. The World Health Organization supports the use of fluorides to prevent lower mouth pH levels.
Drinking Water Promotes Full-Body Health
Drinking juices and sodas can wash down your dinner, but they have a negative impact since they are high in sugar and leave this behind on your teeth. By choosing water to replace empty-calorie drinks, you will promote full-body health.
The key is water is the magic where your teeth are concerned !