How Does Water Help Your Teeth

 

We all know that drinking water daily is great for our bodies. It has been drilled in our heads that we must drink 8 glasses of water each and every day to stay hydrated and healthy. Have you ever thought about the great benefits that it does for you too?

To start off, water is a great way to wash those leftover foods after a meal that get stuck behind your teeth causing bacteria to grow and eventually cavities to form. Those cavity-causing bacteria love to eat the sugar and produce acid that destroys your enamel. Slowly your teeth will start to deteriorate, requiring a lot of dental treatment in the future. Drinking juice, soda, or any sugary drinks can also leave unwanted sugar behind, so wash it away by simply drinking water!

Another great reason why water is the best, is that it helps with lowering the chance of having dry mouth. Dry mouth is a condition that makes it hard to swallow and chew because of a lack of saliva. Saliva is 99% water, so when you are low on saliva, you will most likely experience dry mouth. Saliva is your mouth’s first defense against tooth decay. It washes away leftover food, helps you swallow with ease, and keeps your teeth strong by washing them.

There are so many other great reasons why drinking water is good for your oral health, however drinking plenty of water does not mean that you can diminish the time and effort for the other ways to keep your teeth strong and healthy. On top of drinking water throughout the day, you should still floss and brush your teeth regularly. As well as seeing your favorite dentist for your biannual teeth cleaning! (Don't forget to call Live & Smile Dental to make an appointment!)

But don't worry, Dr. Zoe, Dr. Brodsky, Dr. Hanamova, and Dr. Leung will always be happy to answer any questions you may have in regards to prevention for your oral health.

Floss, brush, & drink water!

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