Drinking sufficient water plays a major role in protecting our teeth and maintaining ones oral hygiene. Fluoridated water containing fluorides act as cavity fighter in a natural way. This is one of the most convenient and easy method to prevent cavities and is of much benefit and is cost effective. Our tap water contains fluoridated water. Fluoride in right amount helps strengthen our pearly whites. The govt takes the initiative to fluoridate water.
Thousands Have Lived Without Love, Not One Without Water.– W.H.Auden
So to stay hydrated one should drink 7-8 glasses of water per day to keep good oral hygiene. Drinking water is always good for teeth and gums. Adequate drinking water flushes out toxins from our body.
Goodness of drinking water on oral hygiene!
Water also helps in cleaning the mouth and prevents bad breath. It washes away the food debris, left over food from the surfaces of teeth. The bacteria that cause cavities thrive over these food debri and produce acids that wears away the tooth enamel. Many of the drinks such as juices , soda or sports drink leave unwanted sugar on the surfaces of teeth. These drinks also have acids such as phosphoric acid, citric acid that erode the tooth enamel. Water helps in diluting the acids produced by the bacteria in the mouth thus keeping our mouth clean, preventing bad breath and keeping our smile cavity free.
Our body consists of 70% water. Staying hydrated is a daily necessity.
Saliva plays a very important role in defending tooth decay. Calcium and phosphates present in saliva help the teeth fight against cavities. Dry mouth or xerostomia is a condition which is favourable for tooth decay. In this condition when the mouth becomes dry less saliva is produced. Drinking more water prevents dry mouth which in turn reduces cavity and tooth decay. It also washes away food debris that contribute towards bad breath or halitosis thus keeping bad breath away.
Unlike drinks that are high in sugar and calories, water is calorie free. These sweetened drinks and substances containing high sugar content significantly contribute to caries. Drinking water doesn’t add any extra sugar and thus indirectly helps to lose weight.
Thus drinking more water definitely improves oral health and protects our teeth and gums. Along with brushing and flossing; rinsing mouth with water has a huge and positive impact on our oral health.
Starting a healthy water drinking habit at home!
Habit of drinking more water.
It’s best when children see adults and they inculcate the habit of drinking water. This habit of drinking water at an early age takes advantage of many of its benefits. Here are a few ways to encourage your child to drink more water. Read how brushing with kids can be fun too:
- Give your child a special water cup or container that is customised as their own. Keep the container only for them to drink water and let them choose their own cup or container.
- Make a water goals chart and keep healthy competitions. Use a colourful chart and stickers to track how often they complete their water goals.
- You can further reward kids with a weekly or monthly reward like an activity, book, or other tools.