Make a Great Goal to Drink More Water

With a new year, many people are committed to setting new goals and aspirations. Why not set a goal that will promote the health of your entire body – literally from your head to your feet? Drinking water has huge benefits for the whole body, including the smile.

Most of us have heard that we should drink at least 8 glasses of water every day, but do you know why water is so essential to your overall health? Water is the healthiest drink available, and since your body is made up of 60% water, staying hydrated is crucial to helping all of your bodily systems run properly.

Benefits from drinking water that directly impact your smile:

  • Fights Cavities Naturally – Most water systems in the United States contain fluoride. Drinking water is one of the easiest ways to help prevent cavities because fluorinated water helps strengthen the tooth enamel. Many American adults who drink fluorinated water rarely have to have fluoride treatments at the dentist’s office because they receive enough of this mineral through their water systems.
  • Acts as a Natural Mouthwash – Water is a fantastic mouth cleanser because it washes away food particles and residue after eating and drinking something other than water. Inside every human mouth are millions of cavity-causing bacteria that produce acids that wear away the enamel of the teeth. Water helps to dilute these acids to lessen the risk of developing tooth decay. Also, since water rinses away bacteria, food particles, and residue, it naturally freshens your breath.
  • Reduces Dry Mouth – Dry mouth is a serious oral health condition that is caused by a lack of saliva. Saliva is your mouth’s first defense against tooth decay because it is continuously washing away bacteria-producing acids. A dry mouth is a perfect home for bacteria to adhere to the teeth in what is known as plaque buildup. When the mouth is continually dry, it puts you at risk for tooth decay.

Water is essential to life. At Montevallo Family Dentistry, we hope that you will make drinking more water a goal in 2021.

 Posted on behalf of Montevallo Family Dentistry