How Does Water Help Your Teeth?

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If you’re used to drinking a soda with your meal, you’ve probably heard time and time again that it’s not the best idea. By now, it’s common knowledge that sugary foods and drinks are bad for your teeth as they can cause cavities and decay. While you can certainly find other alternatives that are lower in sugar, are you aware of why water is the best choice for the health of your teeth?

Healthy smileFluoride is a natural cavity fighter.

While most bottled water does not contain fluoride, most tap water in communities does. As a natural and safe element, small amounts of fluoride in your water can help strengthen the enamel on your teeth, preventing cavities and decay from occurring. Studies show that brushing regularly and drinking fluoridated water is sufficient to keep teeth healthy for adults and children who are at low risk of decay due to hereditary issues.

A clean mouth means less unwanted bacteria.

Water’s use is endless. It can hydrate, generate power, and create a nice, relaxing spa for anyone. In addition, it’s a fantastic way to keep your mouth clean! As you drink juices or sodas to wash down food, you leave behind a sugary residue that can create cavities. They’re also full of acids that can potentially eat away at the enamel on your teeth. By drinking water throughout the day, especially after meals, you’ll be able to keep as much food residue out of your mouth that bacteria feed on. Less bacteria equals a healthier smile!

Dry mouth can cause serious problems.

Your mouth’s first defense against tooth decay is saliva, which helps to wash away leftover food. If your mouth gets dry, you have less of a way to wash away this residue, which can result in harmful bacteria inside of your mouth. If you are experiencing consistent dry mouth, you should certainly contact your doctor. However, drinking water can be a quick solution for you to keep your teeth healthy.

In between your visits to the dentist, it’s important to make sure that you’re taking care of your teeth each and every day. One of the easiest ways to ensure your smile stays healthy is to keep consistent water intake. For more information on how to keep your teeth bacteria free, contact Dr. J.D. Robinette┬áin Hickory, NC at (828) 267-0651 today!