Your teeth have a lot of responsibilities, including helping you perform clear speech and eat your food. In addition to a building a foundation of brushing and flossing your teeth every day, there are other steps you can take to improve oral health. We encourage you to maintain a sufficient intake of water to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
Because we are so highly comprised of water, it’s very important to drink lots of water every day for proper body function. Drinking regular amounts of water also makes a difference for your oral health, especially if there is fluoride in the water. Fluoride is a natural substance that helps fight cavities and promote stronger teeth. In fact, lots of cities offer fluoridated public drinking water to reduce risk of tooth decay. Our dentists can provide further information on the benefits of fluoridated water.
Water should not be substituted with sugary drinks like juice and soda or acidic coffee, all of which can leave sugar on the teeth. Bacteria in the mouth then eats this leftover sugar to produce acids that attack tooth enamel. Drinking water regularly and at meals removes harmful particles from the teeth and helps prevent acid from affecting your teeth.
Drinking water can reduce dry mouth, which is often caused by certain medications as a result of reduced saliva production. Saliva keeps cavities at bay, and when it is reduced it can result in a lot of issues. While you are looking for a long-term solution to dry mouth, drinking more water can help.
We invite you to contact Miller & Simarro Dental Care at 925-754-6020 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Mark W. Miller and Dr. Ryan Simarro. You are also welcome to contact us to learn more about drinking water for better oral health in Antioch, California!