Why drinking water is good for your teeth
We all know that drinking water is good for our general health, and can improve our energy levels and even the look of our skin. But did you also know it’s good for your teeth too?
If you need a little extra persuasion to drink your eight glasses of water a day, here are a few reasons why staying hydrated and sipping some H2O can help keep your teeth healthy and looking great!
1. It strengthens your teeth
Some areas in the UK have water supplies which are naturally high in fluoride, while other areas have fluoride added to the water. So, just by drinking tap water, you could be strengthening your teeth! Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral which can help prevent tooth decay, and keep your teeth strong and healthy. Combine tap water with fluoride toothpaste and your smile will be sparkling!
2. It keeps your mouth clean
Throughout the day, residue and sugar from the food you eat will get stuck to your teeth. If left alone, the bacteria in your mouth will turn this into acid, which in turn can wear away the enamel on your teeth. To protect your teeth, drink a glass of water after eating to wash away any food from your mouth. This will dilute the acid in your mouth, helping to prevent tooth decay. Just make sure you’re drinking good old fashioned plain water, rather than fizzy drinks, fruit juice or sports drinks. They all contain sugars and sweeteners (both natural and artificial) which can create more acid, making the problem even worse.
3. It keeps your mouth hydrated
There’s nothing worse than a dry mouth, is there? Not only does it feel horrible, a lack of saliva can leave your teeth vulnerable to acid attacks and tooth decay. Saliva is 99% water, so drinking plenty of water will ensure your mouth produces enough saliva to keep your teeth protected. Your saliva washes away leftover food, helps you swallow with ease and keeps your teeth strong by washing them with calcium, phosphate and fluoride. So, next time your mouth is feeling a little dry, reach for a glass of water to help you rehydrate.
4. It’s sugar and calorie free
Unlike other drinks which can be packed with sugars and high numbers of calories, water is completely guilt-free! Even ‘healthy’ drinks like fruit juices or flavoured waters can be full of sugar, so swap these for water to protect your teeth from acid attacks. Avoid fizzy drinks completely as even the diet versions contain artificial sweeteners which can erode enamel and lead to tooth decay. Play it safe and enjoy a refreshing glass of water instead!