We all know that water is great for your body and your health but does drinking more water protect your teeth?
When we compare the option of water to drinking sugary drinks or fruit drinks then it is clearly more beneficial for your teeth to drink water. Bacteria love sugar so we recommend water as your ‘go to’ to help protect your teeth.
Our bodies are made up of a large percentage of water. Water helps to remove toxins and cart nutrients around the body. It is great to reduce fatigue and drinking the right amount of water is great for your overall appearance and hydration.
Important Facts about Water and Your Teeth
Does Water Cause Tooth Decay?
Drinking water does not cause tooth decay. After you eat or drink, water is a great cleaner and as your local dentist Camberwell, we highly encourage it. It helps to wash away food particles and neutralise any acid in your mouth which can wear the outer layer of your teeth; the enamel.
Help for Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is a condition where your body is not producing enough saliva and as a result, you have that sticky, dry feeling in your mouth. Some people have an ongoing problem with dry mouth, also called xerostomia (zeer-o-STOE-me-uh).
Drinking water helps with hydration which in turn assists with saliva production. Saliva is important for the breakdown of food and water is key to saliva production.
Make a time to see us at our dental clinic near Camberwell if saliva production is a problem.
Water for Bad Breath
The oral microbiome can be thrown out of balance if you do not maintain a regular dental routine. With an over-abundance of bacteria, a build up of plaque or inadequate water intake, bad breath can result. Because water removes food particles, helps with saliva production and hydration, greater water intake may assist with bad breath as the water assists to neutralise the environment in your mouth.
Fluoride in Water
This can be a contentious subject as some people do not like having their water fluoridated. If you’re filtering your water but you still want fluoride to assist with your teeth then purchasing a tooth paste with fluoride and/or using a teeth whitening treatment that contains fluoride may be the ideal option for you.
Overall, drinking water does help to protect your teeth and we encourage regular dental cleans and a check-up for optimal dental health.
For further information or if you are looking for a dentist Camberwell then we welcome you to call us on tel: 0490 034 790