Are you drinking enough water each day? If you are like most people, you’re not getting in a proper water intake each day. In the United States alone, 75% of adults suffer from chronic dehydration — averaging only 2.5 cups of water per day.
It’s no surprise that staying hydrated has a number of benefits throughout our entire bodies, even our smiles. Drinking enough water each day can help improve your smile and oral health.
The best drink you can choose each day is water. Our bodies are mostly made up of water, and drinking enough of it each day can help your body even distribute nutrients, rid itself of waste, help your skin — and even can help your teeth. The University of Illinois College of Dentistry explains that there are four main ways staying hydrated helps your smile. Water helps…
When you drink fluoridated water, found in many communities, you are helping prevent cavities in your mouth. Fluoride, also known as ‘nature’s cavity fighter,’ strengthens your teeth. Drinking water with fluoride is one of the best, most cost-effective ways you can prevent tooth decay and make your teeth stronger. Evidence has shown that for most cities, every $1 invested in fluoridation can save up to $38 in costs to treat dental problems.
Water is a natural way to clean your teeth. Each time you take a sip, you are washing away leftover food and residue that bacteria in your mouth love to thrive on. The bad bacteria in your mouth loves sugar and produces acid that will weaken your enamel, the outer shell of your teeth. If you frequently drink soda or sugary drinks, there is unwanted sugar left on your teeth. Drinking water will help dilute the acids produced by the sugar and bacteria left behind.
The saliva in your mouth is 99% water. When you aren’t producing a lot of saliva, you will experience dry mouth. Dry mouth makes it hard for you to talk, chew, and swallow because of the lack of saliva. Saliva is also your mouth’s first line of defense against tooth decay. Your saliva can wash away food debris and keep your teeth clean because of what is in your saliva: calcium, phosphate, and fluoride. Drinking water can help prevent dry mouth and promote saliva production.
Sugary beverages are a popular drink. In the United States, these drinks have been a leading reason that the obesity rate steadily continues to increase. People who drink 1-2 sugary beverages a day are 26% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Also, soda is very acidic and loaded with sugar — both of which harm your smile. Trade in these drinks with a glass of water, your mouth and body will thank you.
You are constantly losing water throughout the day. From breathing, to sweating, to urinating and bowel movements, it is constantly leaving your body. For your body to work like it should, you should be replenishing your supply by consuming water. Mayo Clinic lists the guidelines for adequate fluid intake:
These guidelines include fluids including water, other beverages, and food. Food typically covers 20% of your total fluid intake each day.
Along with drinking water, you should have a dental hygiene routine you follow each day. Having a consistent routine along with staying hydrated will help give you a healthy smile. At Mountain Aire Dentistry, we recommend that your dental health routine includes:
At Mountain Aire Dentistry, Dr. Berry and our staff believe that oral health is just as important in staying healthy as eating well and exercise is. We provide dental care in a way that is easy and relaxed, creating your ideal customized treatment plan to help you achieve optimal oral health. To learn more about what our team can do for you, make an appointment with us today.