There are a lot of things that go into building strong, healthy teeth. The foods you choose to eat, or not eat, and your brushing and flossing habits are just a few of the things that can make a difference in the strength and health of your teeth. Have you thought much about what you drink though?
A Source of Fluoride
Water is one of the best sources of fluoride you can find outside of fluoride supplements. Some places fluoridate their water, which means that you’re getting access to enamel-strengthening minerals with every glass you drink (provided that it’s tap or mineral water). Of course, whether or not your tap water is fluoridated will change depending on where you live. If you don’t have fluoridated water, fluoride supplements or a prescription fluoride toothpaste can help you get the fluoride your teeth need.
Even if your water isn’t fluoridated, your teeth can still benefit from you drinking plenty of water. Every part of your body needs water in order to function properly, which is why it’s important to stay hydrated. When you’re properly hydrated, your body is able to produce saliva which helps you avoid having a dry mouth. It also helps keep your mouth cleaner. Saliva helps wash away food particles and bacteria that can damage teeth. It also helps reduce acid produced by plaque build-up and has minerals in it that can help strengthen your enamel.
Cleaning Your Mouth
Saliva is important, but even just the act of drinking water can help keep your mouth cleaner. It serves a similar function to saliva, washing away food and bacteria. The water helps dilute acids too, which helps stave off tooth damage and decay. It makes it tougher for plaque to develop, which only helps. For a whiter, brighter smile, chase tooth-staining food and drink down with a glass of water to help wash away residues that could otherwise make your teeth less white than you might like.
Some drinks can be downright damaging to your teeth, be it in regards to their enamel, color, or both. Water, on the other hand, can help keep your teeth healthy in multiple ways. For the sake of having healthy teeth, and the health of the rest of you, make sure you drink plenty of water every single day.
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