Your teeth perform a lot of functions for your body, such as helping you speak, eat and smile to show your delight. You can show your teeth the care they deserve by doing a great job of brushing and flossing your smile every day. We also suggest that you show your teeth some love by drinking more water to improve your oral and overall health.
Humans are mostly made up of water, and we need a certain amount of daily water intake in order to function properly. Drinking more water can greatly assist your oral health, especially when your water contains a natural cavity fighter and tooth strengthener called fluoride. For this reason, many communities add fluoride to public drinking water, which many studies show helps to reduce the occurrences of tooth decay. We invite you to consider drinking fluoridated water if you are not already.
Water acts as a natural cleanser for your smile, which is why it should not be substituted with soda, juice or coffee. These drinks can leave a sugar residue behind that bacteria feed on, producing acid that eats away your tooth enamel layer. Drinking water during mealtimes and over the course of the day helps to rinse away sugar and bacteria, and reduce the effects of acid on your teeth.
Drinking water can also improve conditions of dry mouth, which can be a side effect of taking certain medications and restrict the mouth’s saliva production. Saliva is important because it protects the teeth from cavities, and a lack of saliva doesn’t just cause discomfort. Water can decrease the likelihood of tooth decay while you and our dentist discuss long-term solutions to dry mouth discomfort.
Our team at Miller Family Dental is here to assist our patients in improving their oral health in Houston, Texas. We invite you to call us today at 281.225.4966 for an appointment with Dr. Brian Miller!