Drink up: Why water is good for your teeth

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July 16th, 2017

Healthier skin and increased energy are just a few of the commonly touted benefits of drinking more water, but did you know H2O also promotes healthy teeth? Dentists often say to avoid sugary sodas and opt for water instead, but not just because water has no sugar content. It’s actually because it benefits your oral health.

There are two main reasons water promotes tooth health.

First, it prevents gum disease, one of the most common dental ailments that results when tartar and plaque bury bacteria deep into the spaces where the gums meet the tooth. Hydrating the gums produces saliva that, along with water, helps wash away bacteria that hasn’t yet taken root.

Secondly, drinking tap water prevents tooth decay, one of the leading causes of dental visits. Tap water specifically includes cavity-fighting fluoride that bottled water does not have. Tooth decay also occurs more with dry mouth, so water is a first-line defense.

Next time you’re tempted to reach for a soda with your meal or a sports drink after a workout, remember water can outperform both when it comes to your health! If you need ideas on how to drink more water, check out our tips here.