The human body is composed of roughly 60% water. When you are dehydrated the performance of your body is highly affected. Energy levels drop without the proper intake of delicious H2O. That is not all, drinking enough water daily influences the health of your skin, hydration is the best way to get that healthy glow.
Water is a necessary part of life, but let’s take a closer look at how it affects your oral health:
It Strengthens Your Teeth
Nature’s cavity fighter: fluoride. When you drink fluoridated water, you are fighting decay and cavities. Fluoride strengthens the entire tooth structure and promotes remineralization, which can prevent and repair the early stages of tooth decay.
Yes, that’s right. Drinking water throughout the day can naturally wash away unwanted food particles and acid-forming sugars that get left behind on your teeth. Sugar combines with bacteria in the mouth, which produces acids that wear away the enamel. Enamel is the protective outer shell of your teeth, and once it is gone, it is gone forever. But with water, you can help avoid this with every sip. Brushing twice a day (at least) and flossing once a day (at least) is still incredibly important, but combined with a healthy intake of water you can up your dental health game.
It Fights Dry Mouth
The first defense against tooth decay is saliva. Just like water it acts as a natural resource of washing away harmful acids. When your saliva supply runs low you are at a higher risk for getting cavities and decay. Drinking water can help support the production of saliva and be a backup when you find yourself having a case of “desert mouth.”
Sugar-filled drinks not only cause bacteria to turn into harmful acid, they have an effect on the state of your waistline as well. Water is 100% calorie free. In fact, there have been many studies which have shown that drinking water can actually help you lose weight. Water is a win-win, both your body and smile with thank you when you chose a tall cool glass of aqua.
Enamel is incredibly porous, so when you indulge in foods and drinks, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and dark berries, you are giving them the opportunity to discolor your teeth. Water can help wash tooth staining materials from the surface of the tooth, keeping your smile bright and lustrous.
Fights Bad Breath
Bad breath causing bacteria thrives within the mouth. You can prevent “morning breath” from following you throughout the day by washing bacteria away with water (after brushing, of course).
Other fun facts about how water affects our health:
- It is the only thing that can “quench” a thirst. You know that feeling and no matter how much juice or sports drink you down, the feeling of being thirsty can only be met head to head with water
- Without water, you literally will die. Depending on the environment, humans can only live for a few days, maybe a week, without water
- It can prevent headaches. Those who suffer from migraines know that dehydration can play a major part in the frequency of headaches. Next time your head hurts, try drinking water
- Boosts your mood. If you are grumpy or cranky, try having a glass of water
- Helps prevent cancer. Yep, that’s right – research has shown that drinking water can reduce the risk of bladder and colon cancer by up to 50%
Each of these reasons should make you want to stop what you are doing, drink a glass of water, and do good to your oral and overall health. Your body, mind, and smile with thank you for it. For more information on how to take care of your oral health, contact our office today.