Hydrating for a healthy smile

Aah, spring. As rain showers nourish the plants outside, making everything feel fresh and new, take a minute to learn what water can do for your oral health.

Strengthens enamel

Water is one of the main ways we receive the amount of fluoride that we need. The fluoride often found in tap water strengthens enamel, the hard outer layer of your teeth, to help prevent cavities. When enamel has been weakened by exposure to acids in the mouth, fluoride rebuilds it through a process called “remineralization.” The addition of fluoride to many water supplies across America in the 1950s has led to a significant reduction in the number of cavities.

Washes away remnants

Drinking water after eating can help cleanse your palate, teeth and breath, especially when you can’t sneak away to brush. Food can leave behind remnants that stick to your teeth, producing acids that feed cavity-causing bacteria. This can eventually breakdown enamel, reaching the deeper layers of your teeth and causing decay. Water dilutes the levels of acid that rise when sugar is left on teeth and rinses off remnants before they have a chance to do damage.

Fights dry mouth

Dry mouth is not only uncomfortable but it also raises your risk of gum disease, cavities and mouth infections. Drinking water can help cut that risk.

Hydrates best

Water is simply the best way to hydrate. Unlike other drink options, it doesn’t contain high levels of sugar or acids. Spruce up your glass of water by trying our delicious recipe for blackberry-mint infused water.

It has been said that water is the essence of life. Now that you know it’s also essential for better oral health, make sure to stay properly hydrated. While the exact amount of water needed will vary by individual, you should aim to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.