There are many ways water can be a benefit to not just your general health but your oral health in specific.
Consider the following four benefits of water for your oral health:
- A cleaner mouth
Water washes away excess food particles, preventing oral bacteria from thriving off of the particles. By washing away food particles, water reduces the risk of cavities and other oral-related problems due to 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, the first city in the country, to implement community water fluoridation. Water fluoridation is 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. In fact, drinking water with fluoride makes the teeth stronger and reduces dental costs due to tooth caries.
- A moist mouth
Drinking water helps combat dry mouth, a condition where 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.
All About Water
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.
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 kidneys and bowel movements.
Aside from the benefits above, water is essential to oral health. Drinking H2O gives people a cleaner mouth, fresher breath, stronger teeth, and a moister mouth.
Water is essential to the Earth. In fact, many of its properties are critical for the proliferation of life. History teaches us that civilization began along rivers and major waterways like Tigris and Euphrates of Mesopotamia, the Nile for the ancient society of Egypt, and the banks of Tiber in Rome.
All known life forms are dependent on water for survival. Humans use it for agriculture, 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 basic oral hygiene. Along with water, brush and floss daily. Likewise, 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.