You might already know the benefits of drinking water for your general health. But, do you know that drinking enough water is also good for your teeth?
Drinking water has many benefits for your oral health.
Dr. Parminderpal Singh, D.M.D., and Dr. Gurinderpal Bajwa, D.D.S., at Soos Creek Dental in Covington, Washington, always offer patients a variety of advice on how to maintain their dental health. In this article, we're looking into the benefits of drinking water for oral health.
Here are the main benefits of drinking water for oral health:
Reduces Dry mouth
Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a condition that causes plaque to build up on your teeth due to low saliva production, increasing the risk of tooth decay. Saliva washes away all unwanted particles on and between your teeth, fighting against cavity-causing bacteria.
Drinking water regularly produces more saliva and keeps your mouth hydrated.
Strengthens Your Teeth
Fluoride is nature's cavity fighter, and the right amount of fluoride in drinking water strengthens your teeth. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Health recommended optimal fluoride content in drinking water to prevent tooth decay.
Drinking fluoridated water protects your teeth against cavities and makes your enamel stronger.
Maintains PH Levels
Consuming acidic foods and beverages like soda, soft drinks, tea, and juices leads to sugar accumulation in your mouth. This sugar reacts with bacteria and produces acids that attack the enamel.
Drinking water reduces the impact of acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth and maintains the right pH level.
Fights Bad Breath
Drinking enough water can naturally help you with 'morning breath' caused by a dry mouth. In addition, drinking water washes away unwanted food particles and the bacteria that cause bad breath.
Water Has No Calories
A study shows that people who consume 1 to 2 sugary beverages per day are 26% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. In addition, beverages like soda, soft drinks, and sports drinks contain a lot of sugar and calories, making it easier for bacteria to grow in your mouth.
Water does not contain any sugar or calories and helps prevent cavities.
To learn more about the benefits of drinking water for oral health, schedule a consultation with Dr. Singh by calling Soos Creek Dental at (253) 631-8241 or visiting our office located at 17615 SE 272nd St, Covington, WA 98042.