Water & Oral Health Go Hand in Hand

We all know water is important. Water alone makes up 70 percent of the human body’s weight! We need water to stay hydrated and to survive longer than a week. But did you also know we need water to help prevent things like cavities and tooth decay?

 Oral Health Benefits of Water

 Some benefits of water for your oral health include:

· Water prevents bad breath. Bet you didn’t know that one! When the body becomes dehydrated, bad breath takes over. Dehydration is one of the most common reasons people suffer from bad breath. The lack of saliva causes bacteria to flourish. When bacteria blossoms, so does bad breath.

· Water can help clean your teeth. This dental tool is often overlooked. However, water is one of the most important dental tools out there. It can help prevent damage to your teeth by whisking away leftover food or drink that may be clinging to your teeth. While it doesn’t take the place of quality flossing and consistent brushing, it does help remove the major stuff so that the brushing and flossing can get what is left behind.

· Water can actually strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. Water can help provide healthy conditions for your teeth and gums.

· Fluoridated water is the most tooth-friendly beverage.

Fun Facts about Water

· We already mentioned that water makes up 70 percent of the human body, but also check out these fun facts:

· Between 70 and 75 percent of Earth’s surface is covered with water. (Okay, so that was an easy one)

· Water can dissolve more substances than any other liquid.

· Approximately 80 percent of an infant’s body weight is water.

· Only 3 percent of Earth’s water is fresh water – that means 97 percent is salt water.

· Of the world’s fresh water, 30 percent of it can be found in the ground while 1.7 percent is frozen and therefore unusable to humans.

· Filtered water removes the fluoride from the water – meaning it loses all that extra good for the teeth.

· Water helps energize the muscles in the body.

· Water keeps the skin looking healthy.

· Your body needs water to help maintain proper kidney function

 The Importance of Water

What we are trying to say is, water is important – really important. Addressing your oral health needs starts with addressing your day-to-day habits, which include eating and drinking. We all know that sugary drinks are bad for our teeth, and we will say it again. Sugary drinks like soda and tea are BAD for your teeth! But what we forget to say is what is good for your teeth. Water provides teeth the ability to break down sugary acids that lead to tooth decay. It also prevents bad breath, and the buildup of foods and liquids that get left behind after eating and drinking.

Be sure to take care of your mouth every day with a strong oral hygiene routine. That routine should include brushing and flossing your teeth, and drinking plenty of water!

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