Many patients are looking for simple lifestyle hacks to help them achieve and maintain oral health. Well, our Glendale dentists are here to oblige! Today’s article is all about the ways that hydration impacts dental health. Keep reading to learn more…
H2O for Hydration
It is essential that you stay hydrated so that your body is able to produce enough saliva to keep your mouth healthy. Saliva works to neutralize acids and re-mineralize dental enamel—this is your body’s first line of defense against harmful oral bacteria. Research has shown that patients who suffer from chronic dry mouth experience increased rates of cavity development, gum disease, and halitosis: chalk it up to a lack of saliva!
But why reach for water, specifically? Well, there are a few good reasons to prioritize water over other beverages…
- Water doesn’t contain bacteria-boosting sugar
- Water isn’t acidic, so it doesn’t soften dental enamel
- In the United States, the public water supply contains fluoride, which aids in enamel remineralization
- Water doesn’t leave color deposits on your teeth
While other beverages are fine in moderation, water should be your go-to drink throughout the day.
Tips & Strategies
There are a number of simple, yet effective, things you can do increase your daily water consumption:
- Carry water with you, so that you aren’t dependent on water fountains to hydrate
- Use a large water bottle that allows you to track how much you’ve consumed throughout the day
- Set reminders or alarms to sip on water
- Track water consumption on your planner or calendar
- Try replacing just one juice or soda a day with water
As you can see, drinking water is one of the easiest ways to refresh your smile and support oral health. As always, our Glendale dentists are happy to answer any questions you may have, so please feel free to give us a call!