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Does Drinking More Water Protect Your Teeth?

April 18, 2022 7:53 pm

If you’re looking to protect your pearly whites, there’s one simple thing you can do right this second: take a sip of water! In addition to the many health benefits of hydration, drinking water can protect your pearly whites. Read on to learn more about the power of water!

Drinking Water Cleans Your Mouth

When you eat, food particles stick to your teeth. Oral bacteria feed on those leftover food bits and produce acid. Over time, acid can wear away your tooth enamel, leading to cavities and other issues. Drinking water is a great way to counteract this problem. Not only does drinking water rinse your mouth, it also provides yet another cavity-fighting benefit by diluting the acid produced by oral bacteria.

Drinking Water Can Help Restore Tooth Enamel

Tooth enamel is the hard, protective surface on the outside of your teeth. It can be damaged by oral bacteria over time. One way to fortify your tooth enamel is to drink tap water or mineral water, as it contains minerals and fluoride that can strengthen your enamel. However, these minerals are usually not found in filtered or bottled water. If you mostly drink filtered water, your teeth may benefit from fluoride treatments.

Drinking Water Can Combat Dry Mouth

Dry mouth occurs when saliva production is disrupted. Because saliva is one of your body’s natural defenses against the buildup of oral bacteria and acid, dry mouth can increase your risk for cavities. One easy way to combat dry mouth is to drink more water. If your dry mouth is a symptom of a medication you take, you might see if there’s an alternative medication available.

Drinking water provides a myriad of oral and overall health benefits. To ask our team any questions or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Orme, call our office today!

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