Many medical professionals will tell their patients and others that drinking eight glasses of water every day is essential for optimal health. Our bodies are made of 60% water, and staying hydrated helps your system distribute healthy nutrients, gets rid of waste, gives your skin a healthy glow and keeps your muscles moving. Drinking water is also one of the best things you can do for your teeth – especially if it’s fluoridated.
Why Drink More Water?
Water is unlike any other drink, and is by far the healthiest drink available. Drinking more water has a number of practical benefits which help improve oral health.
Here are four benefits that drinking more water can have to your oral care and well-being.
- Drinking Water Helps Remove Bacteria
If you don’t drink enough water during the day, if you consume more coffee, pop, or other beverages, it is allowing bacteria to grow within the mouth. This can cause cavities, gum disease, and even bad breath. When you drink water more frequently, it allows the bacteria to be removed more effectively. Water is a great mouth cleaner because it washes away leftover food and residue that bacteria love to eat.
- Drinking water Strengthens your Teeth
Drinking water with fluoride is one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do to help prevent cavities. Fluoride has been scientifically proven to strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. It does this by strengthening tooth structure and promoting remineralization.
- Drinking Water Reduces Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is caused by a lack of saliva. Dentists are concerned with dry mouth because saliva helps to prevent tooth decay by washing away leftover food. By drinking plenty of water, you will improve your dental health by staying hydrated and supporting saliva production.
- Drinking Water Reduces Bad Breath
Poor dental health, dirty teeth, built up bacteria, and dry mouth can all contribute to bad breath. Drinking water throughout the day helps to keep your mouth clean by rinsing away odor-causing bacteria.
So, the next time you’re thirsty, drink water to take care of your body and your smile. If you have any other questions about oral care, or the benefits of water, please contact us at 416.486.1849 or visit us at our Davisville dental studio.