- Cleaner mouth. Water washes away excess food particles, preventing oral bacteria to feed on the particles. By washing away food particles, water reduces the risks of cavities and other oral-related problems caused by excess oral bacteria and improper brushing.
- Fresher breath. Preventing oral bacteria from feeding on excess food particles leads to fresher breath. Bad breath or halitosis is caused by bacteria that lodge in the grooves of the tongue and wedge between the teeth and gums.
- Stronger teeth. The year 1945 saw the beginning of water fluoridation in the United States with Grand Rapids, Michigan which became the first city in the country to implement community water fluoridation. Water fluoridation is the adjusting the amount of fluoride in a water supply to aid the fight against tooth decay. Fluoride makes teeth resistant to plaque bacteria and sugars. Drinking water with fluoride will make teeth stronger and reduce dental costs caused by tooth caries.
- Moist mouth. Drinking water helps combat dry mouth, a condition wherein the mouth does not produce enough saliva. Saliva plays a major role in washing away bacteria. By drinking water, it moistens the mouth and encourages the production of saliva.
About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is water. Water is a transparent, nearly colorless chemical substance. It has the chemical formula H2O, meaning that a molecule of water contains two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. Water is also vital to all known life forms, especially safe drinking water for humans.
It helps maintain the balance of body fluids, control calories, energize muscles and hydrate the skin. Water is also essential to the function of the kidney and bowel movement.
Aside from the benefits above, water is essential to oral health. Drinking H2O gives people cleaner mouth, fresher breath, stronger teeth and moist mouth.
Water is essential to the Earth, with its many properties critical for the proliferation of life. History told us that civilization began along rivers and major waterways like Tigris and Euphrates for Mesopotamia, the Nile for the ancient society of Egypt, and the banks of Tiber for Rome.
All known life forms are dependent on water for survival. Humans use it for agriculture, as a scientific standard, drinking, washing, transportation, chemical use, heat exchange, fire extinction, recreation, business, food processing, among others.
Adding to its long list of benefits, water is also vital to our health, including our oral health.
Yet, despite the recognized ability of H2O to clean our mouth, give us fresher breath and stronger teeth, and moisten our mouth, water is not a replacement to the basic oral hygiene we are encouraged to observe. Along with water, brush and floss daily, visit your dentist twice a year, and eat healthy for the achievement of a better smile and healthier mouth.
Disclaimer: The oral health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. Hawaii Family Dental strongly recommends to always consult licensed dentists or other qualified health care professionals for any questions concerning your oral health.