Our bodies are made of 60% water, and staying hydrated helps your system distribute healthy nutrients, gets rid of waste, gives your skin a healthy glow and keeps your muscles moving. Drinking enough water maintains the body’s fluid balance, which helps transport nutrients in the body, regulate body temperature, digest food, and more.
Water is present abundantly, it's one of the most inexpensive beverages for oral and general health. Yet when we are thirsty we prefer a cold aerated drink or packaged drink over water. Sugary soda is a huge health hazard, it increases the risk of obesity, stroke, and other heart problems. However, these dangers can be avoided if people choose to drink water, which doesn't have negative side effects. So help put the sugary stuff to the side and make water the number one drink of choice. The benefits really are endless.
Sipping water is also one of the best things you can do for your teeth – especially if it’s fluoridated.
Read on to find out why water is best for your dental health.
- It Strengthens Your Teeth
Drinking water with fluoride is one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do to help prevent cavities.
- It Keeps Your Mouth Clean
Drinking juice, soda or sports drinks may help you wash down your dinner, but they can leave unwanted sugar behind on your teeth. The cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth love to eat sugar and produce acid that wears away enamel, which is the outer white shell of your teeth.
Water,however, cleans your mouth with every sip. It washes away leftover food and residue that cavity-causing bacteria are looking for. It also dilutes the acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth. You’ll still need to brush twice a day for two minutes and clean between your teeth, but drinking water through the day will go a long way toward keeping your smile cavity-free.
- It Fights Dry Mouth
Saliva is your mouth’s first defence against tooth decay. It washes away leftover food, helps you swallow with ease and keeps your teeth strong by washing them with calcium, phosphate and fluoride.
When your saliva supply runs low, dry mouth may put you at risk for tooth decay. Drinking water can help cut your risk
- It’s Calorie-Free
Sweetened drinks that are high in sugar and calories, create a perfect storm that puts you at risk for cavities and other unhealthy consequences like weight gain. In fact, drinking water can actually help you lose weight. So the next time you need a drink, go guilt-free with water to take care of your body and your smile.
Here’s a tip how to keep yourself hydrated:
Begin by drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up, and 30 minutes before eating any big meal.
Get in the habit of keeping a water bottle on hand at all times. And if the taste beings to bore, spice up the taste buds with a squeeze of citrus to the glass!