You hear a lot now days about how important it is to drink plenty of water to keep your body properly hydrated, but did you know that drinking water – especially fluoridated water – is good for your dental health, as well?
Water keeps your teeth clean.
Sweet drinks (even including natural fruit juices) will leave sugars behind on your teeth, and these feed the bacteria in your mouth that produce cavity-causing acids. Many soft drinks also contain phosphoric, citrus or malic acid which eat away at your teeth.
Water, however, cleanses your mouth by washing away food, sugar and other residue that those bacteria feed on and by diluting the acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth. You still should brush twice a day, but drinking plenty of water will help keep you cavity-free.
It keeps your mouth moist.
Your saliva fights against tooth decay by washing away leftover food and keeps your teeth strong by washing them with calcium, phosphate and fluoride. A dry mouth might increase risk of tooth decay.
It’s naturally sugar-free.
Popular sugary drinks put you at risk for cavities and other oral health problems. Aside form oral health benefits, drinking water can help you lose weight. Next time you’re thirsty, reach for a glass of water and enjoy its natural health benefits.
For more information, see the ADA Mouth Healthy website.