How Water Benefits Oral Health

oral-healthIt seems as if scientific research is constantly producing new technologies and consumer products that make our lives better. But when it comes to oral health, few things match the usefulness and versatility of plain drinking water!

Here are just a few ways in which stepping up your consumption of water can benefit your oral health:

  1. Removes dental plaque and debris from your mouth. Water is the ideal liquid to with which to rinse your mouth, as it prevents plaque from gaining a hold on your teeth’s surfaces and removes debris harmful to teeth and gums.
  2. Counteracts the impact of dry mouth. Xerostomia, or dry mouth, can be caused by a multitude of medications and health conditions, and can aggravate gum disease and tooth decay. Staying well hydrated can reduce the impact of dry mouth and keep your teeth healthy.
  3. Helps prevent tooth stains. Extrinsic discoloration of our teeth by strongly colored food and drink can be mitigated by rinsing with water after eating or drinking coffee, tea, blueberries, beets or cola drinks.
  4. Replaces beverages that cause tooth decay. Unflavored water not only hydrates the body, it can satisfy one’s thirst while avoiding drinks containing sugar or citric acid, both of which can damage your oral health.

“Water isn’t just vital to your oral health – it’s a key component of your overall daily health,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dental with a practice in central Phoenix.

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