Everyone knows that drinking water is good for your skin, helps with weight loss, and other health reasons…but did you know that drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your oral health?
When you drink juice, soda, and other sweet substances, it may help quench your thirst, but it will also leave sugar in your mouth and behind your teeth and on your gums. There are bacteria in your mouth that feeds on those sugars left from food and sweet drinks. The bacterium creates acid that eats away at enamel. Enamel is the outer layer of the teeth, and is the strongest substance in your body. Even so, acid will eventually wear a hole in it and cause cavities. Avoid this by drinking more water, water is a great mouth cleanser as it will help clean your mouth by washing away leftover food and sugar!
DID YOU KNOW THAT SALIVA IS 99% WATER?
Saliva is your mouth’s first defense against tooth decay and keeps your teeth strong by washing them with calcium, phosphate and fluoride. Saliva has tremendous anti-plaque and anti-cavity properties and keeps particles from attaching themselves to your teeth in the form of tartar. When your mouth lacks saliva, dry mouth can put you at risk for tooth decay.
WHAT IS FLUORIDE?
Fluoride is a natural mineral commonly used in dentistry to help strengthen enamel. It is also moderately added to public water supplies in the United States. Tooth decay is one of the most common childhood diseases. Studies show that fluoride in community water systems prevents at least 25 percent of tooth decay in children and adults, even in an era with widespread availability of fluoride from other sources, such as fluoride toothpaste. Why fluoride is called nature’s cavity fighter.
There is really nothing better than a nice cold drink of water to quench your thirst. Besides that, there are so many benefits that are associated with drinking water. With one drink of water you help to correct your mouth’s pH balance, enable saliva production, wash away bacteria, all while getting a good amount of fluoride! Call us today to set up your next cleaning and add fluoride!