Posted .

Your teeth really do a lot for you. They help you eat, speak, and show when you are happy. And you do a great job of brushing twice daily and flossing every day. We have one more suggestion for loving your teeth: drink water.

Humans are 60% water, so it stands to reason that we need a lot to function properly. And water can greatly benefit your oral health, especially if it is fluoridated. Fluoride is a natural cavity fighter because it strengthens teeth. For this reason, many communities fluoridate their drinking water. Studies have shown that populations with fluoridated water have lower occurrences of tooth decay than populations without. So consider the benefits of fluoridated water.

Water is a great cleanser. That may seem like an obvious thing to say, but many people wash their food down with soda, juice, or coffee, instead of water. Other drinks leave behind sugar that bacteria can feed on. These bacteria produce acid that eats away at the enamel on your teeth. Drinking water at meals and throughout the day both washes away sugar and other particles and dilutes the acid produced by bacteria.

Drinking water can also help people who suffer with dry mouth. Dry mouth is a common side effect of many medications, and results in minimal saliva production in the mouth. Saliva protects your teeth from decay, so its absence is more than just uncomfortable. Water can lower your risk for tooth decay while you look for solutions to your dry mouth.

ADC Dental & Denture Clinic Inc. is here to help everyone in Medford, Oregon, reach their oral health goals. Call us today for an appointment, and remember to drink plenty of water!