As your dentist, we know you’re in it to win it — you want beautiful teeth, healthy gums, and great dental care. You try your best. You brush your teeth twice a day. You floss regularly. You stay up on your dental appointments. If you crack or break a filling, you call us right away.
You’re trying your best. Want a pro-tip from your dentist, on the house?
You should probably be drinking more water. It’s great for your teeth and dental care.
Aside from your dental health, water is hands down the healthiest drink available. After all, our bodies are 60% water. Staying hydrated supplies your system with healthy nutrients, helps cleanse the body of waste, helps strengthen your muscles, and even gives your skin a healthy glow.
But water is also great for your teeth too. In fact, aside from brushing and flossing regularly, staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do for your dental health.
You shouldn’t drink just any water: We recommend tap water (even if it’s filtered) over bottled water. That’s because most communities fortify their water with fluoride, which naturally strengthens your teeth and fights cavities. It’s great for kids whose teeth may still be developing, but it’s important for adults too.
Water naturally gives your body a bath by washing away food, sugars and other debris that cavity-causing bacteria love to eat. These bacteria excrete an acid that causes tooth decay and gum disease. By drinking water, you’re ridding your body of this bacteria and giving it less food to feed on. This is great for your teeth!
Water increases your body’s natural production of saliva — your first line of defense against tooth decay. The more saliva our mouths have, the better saliva can naturally clean our teeth and gums and rid it of the cavity causing bacteria.
Did you know that “morning breath” is caused by dry mouth? Drinking water can actually improve the smell of your breath by removing this bacteria and naturally cleaning your teeth, tongue and gums. Drinking water is a great way to keep bad breath from forming in the first place.