Our bodies are made up of 70% water. Water helps keep us hydrated, helps flush toxins and remove waste, and keeps our skin looking healthy, and helps keep our muscles moving. Water is the healthiest drink available. Did you know water is vital to our teeth and oral health as well?
Water is the main component in saliva. It keeps our mouths lubricated, helps aid in the breakdown of food and digestion. When we lack saliva the mouth becomes dry, food and bacteria become stuck on and between the teeth. This causes an increase in decay but can also cause gingivitis and periodontal disease. Drinking water frequently throughout the day ensures the mouth stays moist and flushes food and debris off of the teeth.
Keeps Teeth Strong
Drinking water with fluoride is a guaranteed way to strengthen the teeth, especially for children. The CDC lists water fluoridation as one of the top 10 most important public health measures of the 20th century. Numerous studies have shown a reduction in total cavities in children who drink fluoridated water compared to those who did not have fluoride in their drinking water. And when the developing teeth are stronger with fluoridated water, it keeps your smile healthy for a lifetime.
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Drinking water also helps maintain a healthy heart rate, blood pressure and glowy skin. There are many different opinions on how much water you should be drinking every day. Health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon #waterforhealth #stayfit #glow #hydrateyourself #dehydration #dehydrate #dehydratedskin #waterbenefits #stayhydrated #healthy
Water naturally cleanses the teeth and prevents bad breath. It dilutes the acidity of foods that you eat and washes bacteria and debris from the mouth. Other sugary drinks like soda, juice, and sports drinks can cause decay because the sugar in them feeds the cavity-causing bacteria and they can also cause enamel erosion. You should still brush and floss but drinking water throughout the day and after meals will help keep your teeth cavity-free.
Water has zero calories, which is important for our total health. Without the added sugars like most drinks are full of, water is the best option as far as beverages go. With obesity on the rise, drinking water will help you lose weight instead of gain those extra pounds. Aim to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day.
There are plenty of reasons to drink water, including improving your oral health. So instead of reaching for a soda or energy drink this summer, pour a cool glass of water and enjoy it!