You know that water is good for your overall health, but did you know it is also good for your teeth? Here are a few reasons you’ll want to keep your water bottle filled.
Strengthens Your Teeth
Fluoride is one of the best minerals for your teeth, and drinking water enhanced with fluoride is one of the easiest ways to prevent cavities. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and remineralizes teeth that have been damaged by acid. Not all mineral water has fluoride, though, so be sure to double check before you start drinking.
Keeps Your Mouth Clean
The food and drinks we consume every day can often leave behind residue on our teeth. By drinking mineral water, you wash away food particles stuck between your teeth and the acid and sugar that coats your teeth. When they aren’t washed away, the acid wears away your enamel, while the food particles can feed bacteria and cause tooth decay. It also dilutes acid produced by the bacteria in your mouth. Drinking mineral water washes out your mouth, keeping your mouth clean and free of cavity-causing bacteria.
Prevents Dry Mouth
Saliva is one of the best defenses against tooth decay, as it washes away food left in your mouth; keeps your teeth strong by bathing them in calcium, fluoride, and phosphate; and helps you swallow with ease. When your mouth gets too dry, saliva production stops, putting you at risk for tooth decay. Drinking mineral water keeps you hydrated and keeps your mouth moist, ensuring that your saliva will keep fighting the bacteria in your mouth.
Perhaps one of mineral water’s best qualities is that it is free of calories and sugar. Drinks like soda, tea, and alcoholic beverages, have acid and sugar that stay on your teeth long after you’ve finished sipping. This can weaken your tooth enamel while also drying out your mouth and reducing your saliva. Dark-colored sodas can also stain your teeth.
Drinking mineral water and staying hydrated is an important part of your dental health, but nothing replaces regular cleanings. Call Smile Care today to schedule your next appointment with us in between sips of water.