I have always been one of those people who loves to get out into the world and talk with other people, but a few years ago, I realized that I had to do something about my smile. My teeth were yellow and unattractive, and it was really discouraging to see how much different my smile was. I knew that I needed to get my teeth fixed, so I started working with a professional dentist to make things right. Within a few short months, my smile was completely transformed, and I knew that I owed it all to my dental professional. Check out this blog for more information about working with a dentist.
Most people who are conscious about making healthy decisions for their bodies will try to drink ample amounts of water on a daily basis. If you are not getting enough H2O daily, it can be your oral health that pays the price. Take a peek at just a few of the ways your good water-intake habits can be good for your smile, and ask your dentist if you want to learn more.
Staying hydrated encourages saliva production.
Medical professionals recommend that men take in at least 15.5 cups of water per day and women take in at least 11.5 cups of water. This is roughly what the body needs for the average person to stay well-hydrated. If you are not getting at least this much fluid, it can affect a lot of the natural processes that take place in the body, including how your mouth produces saliva. Saliva is important for several reasons:
Drinking plenty of water helps deter issues with bad breath.
Halitosis (bad breath) is an issue that a lot of people deal with, and it can be a problem that makes you self-conscious for sure. One thing a lot of people do not realize is their lack of good water intake can be a huge contributing factor for bad breath. Drinking water helps to keep the soft tissues moist, but it also washes away food bits and bacteria that can cause the breath to smell. Think about all the things you eat throughout the day. Now imagine placing them in a nearly 100-degree spot. Smell that food after just a few hours, and it is easy to understand how bad breath occurs without enough water to wash those food bits away.
Sipping on water washes bacteria from your teeth.
The mouth is naturally flourishing with bacteria that are both good and bad. Bad bacteria can be directly related to tooth decay. If this bacteria is allowed to accumulate and stay on the enamel of your teeth for long periods, it can easily put your teeth at a bigger risk of developing cavities. Water helps to wash away this bacteria so it is less of a threat.
To learn more, contact your dentist.