It seems like every advice article on staying healthy tells you to drink plenty of water. It can be good for your skin, your body, and your smile. Human bodies are made up of 60% of water, so staying hydrated is important. Hydration helps keep all of your bodily systems running smoothly, the nutrients distributed, the waste removed, and your muscles strong and healthy. Your dentist in Sheridan, WY, recommends drinking eight glasses of water for your body’s sake and for the health of your smile.
#1 It’s Good To Stay Hydrated
For all the reasons listed above, it is good to keep your body hydrated. Dehydration can lead to headaches and worse, organ failure. Dehydration can cause mouth sores and a dry mouth can lead to a buildup of harmful bacteria, which can lead to bad breath.
#2 It Keeps Your Mouth Rinsed
Drinking water helps to keep your saliva production at a helpful rate. Together, water and saliva help to keep harmful bacteria rinsed away from your mouth. If after a meal or snack or even a sip of a sugary drink, you can’t brush your teeth, drinking water can be a good stand-in hygiene option. It is a good idea that if you are sipping on tea, coffee, or soda throughout the day to alternate sips with water to keep the stains and bacteria rinsed away.
#3 It Prevents Acid
Acidity in your mouth leads to tooth decay and gum disease. Acidic attacks on the enamel of your teeth (the protective outer layer) are what leads to erosion and eventually cavities. Drinking water acts as a neutralizer for acid in your mouth, which can help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Drinking fluoridated water (most tap water is fluoridated) can help strengthen your teeth to defend against acidic attacks. Fluoride is a mineral that helps to fortify the enamel defending your teeth.
Water does a smile good
A hydrated mouth is a healthier mouth. To schedule a consultation, call Grinnell Street Dental in Sheridan, WY, at (307) 672-7567. Along with residents of Sheridan, we also proudly serve the residents of Gillette, Billings, Miles City, and all surrounding communities.