Water is an essential element of life. Not only does every living thing require water to survive, but the human body is made up of 60% water. Staying adequately hydrated is crucial to your overall health because hydration levels affect how well bodily systems function. Water is also extremely important to your smile and oral health. It is important to understand that there is a direct correlation between your oral health and the health of your entire body. Diseases like diabetes, kidney failure, heart disease, miscarriage, low birth-weight babies, and pre-term labor can all be directly linked to oral health issues, of which water plays an essential role.
Water Strengthens Your Teeth
The majority of homes in the cities and suburbs of the United States have fluoridated water systems. In 1951, the U.S. Public Health Service implemented fluoridation into the public water systems to prevent tooth day. Many people could not afford or have access to dental care, so fluoride was added to water to help protect oral health. Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens the tooth enamel. So drinking fluoridated water is the easiest thing you can do to help prevent cavities and oral health issues.
Water Cleans Your Mouth
It is always tempting to opt for a soft drink or sugary beverage when eating out or grilling at home, but these drinks leave unwanted sugars behind. Oral bacteria congregate by the millions inside your mouth every day, and they love to eat sugar. As these bacteria go to work breaking down the sugars from the foods and beverages you consume, they produce acids that wear away tooth enamel.
Water, however, cleans your mouth with every single sip. After you eat, there are many tiny particles and residues that are left behind in the mouth. Water helps to wash them away. Of course, you still need to floss and brush your teeth twice a day, but drinking water is an easy and simple thing that you can do to clean your mouth throughout the day.
Water Keeps Your Mouth Moist
Saliva production is probably the most overlooked and undervalued aspect of oral health, yet it is a crucial element. Saliva is your mouth’s first defense against tooth decay because it naturally bathes the teeth in phosphate, calcium, and fluoride. When saliva production is low, the mouth is dry and oral bacteria easily cling to the teeth and cause damage. Drinking water keeps the mouth moist and hydrated, increasing saliva production.
At Precision Digital Dentistry, we care about all aspects of your oral health. We encourage you to increase your water intake to help save your smile.