Sixty percent of our body content is made up of water so it stands to reason that we have to stay hydrated in order for our body parts to work properly. Water is particularly good at keeping our teeth strong and healthy.
Fluoride is known as “nature’s cavity fighter.” The best known source for the general population is the community drinking water supply. Comparison studies have shown that children who have been exposed to fluoridated drinking water had significantly fewer cavities than those who were not. Most modern water supplies are fluoridated but families who live in rural areas may want to consider the possibility of having fluoride dental treatments.
Saliva is a natural tool in the fight against tooth decay. It helps to wash away stubborn food particles and plaque and it weakens the potency of the bacterial acids that can do damage to tooth enamel. Drinking plenty of water will help to lessen your risk for “dry mouth.”
There are many types of oral bacteria. Some is totally harmless but some when mixed with sugar, produces the acids that can eat away at a tooth’s outer layer. Where does the sugar come from? It comes from the foods and drinks that we put into our mouths every day. So, the next time you find yourself reaching for a sweet, carbonated soda think hard about switching it out for a glass of nice, cool water – your teeth will thank you for it.
At Kendra L. Patterson DMD patient comfort is a key priority. Call the office today @ 303-722-9504 in Parker, CO.