We all know that water is vital to our general health and well-being. Not surprisingly good hydration has a positive effect on your oral health too. This month, just in time for summer, we are raising the awareness about the benefits of drinking plenty of water.
Good saliva flow
Have you ever experienced that unpleasant sensation on a hot day or after exercise where your mouth feels like it is full of cotton and everything just sticks? It is due to insufficient saliva flow which is commonly caused by dehydration as well as some medications.
Saliva has several important functions in the mouth - it lubricates your mouth, aids digestion, supplies teeth with minerals, buffers acids and has anti-microbial agents. Staying properly hydrated is the key to producing a good amount of saliva that will help to keep your whole mouth healthy.
Bad breath often comes from bacteria on your teeth and food particles that are stuck in your mouth. By drinking water you will help to combat it in two ways, firstly by washing away food particles and bacteria, as well as ensuring that you have a good saliva flow to have an anti-microbial effect on those germs.
Prevents cavities and erosion
Drinking a glass of water after each meal will help to neutralise and wash away harmful sugars and acids that are often added or naturally present in food. Furthermore, tap water in Brisbane contains small amounts of added fluoride that has been shown to strengthen the enamel and prevent cavities.
Keeps mouth clean
Want to quickly wash away coffee from your mouth to avoid staining and coffee breath? Have a big glass of water afterward. Even swishing water around the mouth will help to dislodge some plaque and food debris.
How can you incorporate more water into your daily routine?
For some people, it can be challenging to drink enough water due to work commitments, daily routine or the lack of perceived need. Often when we are thirsty we are already dehydrated and it is a way for your bodies to demand that we drink more water.
To overcome dehydration it is recommended that average adult drinks 2 litres of water per day. This may sound like a lot however, if you spread that amount throughout the day you'll notice that it's not that hard. Have a glass of water with each meal and keep a bottle on your desk to sip on throughout the day.
Make sure you have more water than average on a hot day or if you exercise. Add one additional glass of water per cup of tea or coffee that you drink. This is because they are caffeinated, which acts as a diuretic.
Here at Bite Dental Studios, we're happy to discuss your water intake and check your saliva flow.