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“Water” You Waiting For? Take the Plunge

Aug 16, 2018

By Dean George

Did you know…approximately 400 billion gallons of water are used in the United States daily?

Children in the first six months of life consume seven times as much water per pound as the average American adult?

Seventy percent of the human brain is comprised of water?

We don’t mean to blow anyone out of the water, but the fact is drinking water and staying hydrated is important in our everyday life – including our oral health.  Here are five reasons why:

Water strengthens teeth

This is true, especially if it contains fluoride. Most American utilities fluoridate their public water supply, which means that drinking tap water is one of the easiest and helpful means of cavity prevention.

Fluoridated tap water is credited with reducing tooth decay by almost 25 percent over the years, but many households no longer drink tap water; they consume bottled water instead. 

As previously reported in Dental Wire, most bottled waters have less than 0.3 ppm (parts per million of fluoride), and that is well below the optimal fluoridated level of drinking water.

We don’t want to muddy the waters, but in 2015 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended the final concentrations be no greater than 0.7 mg.

Water is Like Spring Cleaning for your Mouth

Every sip of water helps clean your mouth and rinse away food residue from your teeth. It also dilutes cavity causing mouth bacteria and aids in saliva production.

When sitting down for your daily bread, know that drinking water when you eat is like casting your bread upon the waters.

Water Isn’t Soda!

We’ve frequently reported on the damage done to tooth enamel by carbonated beverages like soda and sports drinks, not to mention the weight gain frequent consumption of those beverages can entail.

Four out of five dentists may recommend a specific toothpaste or oral health regime, but five out of five dentists will attest that drinking water is better for your teeth and oral health than sweetened drinks high in sugar and acid.

In other words, swapping soda for water can lead to clear sailing and smooth oral health waters.

Water Fights Dry Mouth

You never miss the water till the well runs dry.

Dry mouth, or xerostomia as the cool kids in dental school like to say, is abnormal dryness of the mouth caused by decreased saliva production. Certain medications can cause this, as can chemotherapy for cancer treatment.

When the mouth fails to produce healthy amounts of saliva, oral acid has a heyday as leftover food, sugar and acid cling to teeth and basks in their arid surroundings.

Talk to your dentist if you are a cancer patient or on medications that warn against dry mouth; your dentist can provide recommendations on maintaining a healthy saliva flow.

Water is Calorie Free!

So not only is frequent water consumption good for rinsing out your pie hole, studies have shown it can help you lose weight. Drinking healthy amounts of water can help curb your appetite, and that also holds true if you are “eating” your water.

Vegetables like cucumbers, celery and cabbage are mostly water, and so are fruits like strawberries, watermelons and oranges.

The advantage of eating foods high in water content is that you are getting hydrated, and ingesting nutrients that are good for your health and teeth.

Thanks for reading Agent Straight-Talk and remember: you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink – but you can, and you should!

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