Most people know about the benefits of drinking water for their overall health. But do you know that water is also good for your oral health? Here is how drinking water improves your oral health.
1. It keeps your mouth clean
Water cleans your mouth by washing away the leftover food particles. Sugar and residue from leftover food in your mouth get stuck on your teeth. If you don’t take good care of your teeth, the residue will turn into acid. The acid will damage your tooth enamel. Always drink a glass of water after every meal to wash away food residues.
2. Fights dry mouth
A dry mouth is when your salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva. It makes it hard to chew and even swallow food. A dry mouth puts you at risk of getting tooth decay. Saliva is the first defense in protecting your teeth against decay. The saliva washes leftover food and makes swallowing easy. Your saliva is made of 99% water. Therefore, by drinking enough water, your mouth produces enough saliva to protect your teeth. The next time you have a dry mouth, drink a glass of water.
3. Calorie-free, sugar- free drink
One of the contributors to tooth decay is sugary beverages. You can substitute your sugary beverages with a glass of water. Water will not leave any sugar residue on your teeth. It is also healthy since it does not contain calories. Drinking water will help you to lose weight.
4. Strengthens your teeth
Fluoride is a cavity fighter. By drinking fluoridated water, you’ll prevent cavities and make your pearly whites stronger. You should make it a point to drink water.
There you go. Now you know how water benefits your teeth. Make it a goal to drink more water this year and if you experience any teeth issues, make an appointment. Contact us today.