Drinking water has many benefits to our health. Since our body is made up of 60% water, it is important to keep our bodies hydrated to maintain a healthy weight as well as drive away toxins that within our body. But do you know about the positive effects water has on our teeth?
That’s right! While brushing and flossing are very important, drinking water is just as important to the goodness of your teeth. Here are some of the main benefits that drinking water has on our oral and dental health.
Prevents Teeth Staining
As we all know, most of our favorite foods can potentially stain our teeth. This includes coffee, deep-colored sauces, berries, and candy. Allowing these foods or drink to remain on your teeth for a while can result in discoloration and staining of your teeth. Our Dental Professionals at Braydon Dental Care always advise our patients to drink plenty of water after eating such foods and drinks. Rinsing your mouth with water several times a day after eating or drinking will be helpful in cleaning away the staining elements we come in contact with on a daily basis.
Prevents Dry Mouth
Anaerobic bacteria can survive without oxygen and are the most common flora in the body. This bacteria is also produced in a dry mouth. A dry mouth is the reason many people have “morning breath” when they first wake up; because when they are asleep, they produce little saliva resulting in dryness of the mouth in the morning. By drinking water, your mouth is kept moist – eliminating the dry environment that attracts such bacteria. Plus, drinking water following every meal helps rid leftover debris and leaves the bacteria with very little to feed on.
Rinses Away Sugar and Acids
Acidic and sugary foods have a negative effect on your teeth as they lead to tooth decay. When acidic foods such as tomatoes and citrus fruits come into contact with your teeth, they begin to break down your tooth enamel. Sugary foods attract the bacteria in your mouth, which feeds on the sugars resulting in the production of lactic acid. If lactic acid remains in your mouth, it begins to wear down the enamel. While drinking water is no substitute for brushing your teeth regularly, it does help flush away sugars and acids in your mouth and provides no chance for harmful substances to destroy your teeth.
Fluoride in Water Prevents Tooth Decay
Teeth benefit largely from fluoride in water as it a natural cavity fighter! It is a naturally occurring mineral found in all water sources. Fluoride keeps tooth decay at bay, especially for very young children as it can also help to repair early stages of tooth decay. Many studies have shown fluoridated drinking water to be a safe, effective and cost effective public health measure which significantly reduces the number of cavities in children’s teeth. It is used in many communities across Canada, spanning most provinces and territories.
At Braydon Dental Care, we understand the importance of maintaining oral health and we want to relay the message to our patients! Educating our patients is the best part of our job. Have questions on how to keep your smile bright and healthy? Call our office today to book a consultation!