We’ve all heard that we need to drink eight to ten glasses of water per day for our body. The body needs water to function, to stay hydrated and to keep all of its systems running properly. But our organs aren’t the only thing that need water. Water is a key ingredient to a healthy smile and good oral hygiene.
At Runnels Orthodontics we promote oral health to all of our patients. Maintaining healthy oral hygiene, you can get the most out of your orthodontic care for years to come. Straight teeth are only part of the equation in terms of a great smile. Teeth must also be healthy, and water can help you get there. Contact Runnels Orthodontics to find out more or to schedule your consultation.
Fluoridated water helps in fighting dental cavities. The fluorine content strengthens and repairs acid -damaged teeth. Fluoride in water, especially in enamel formation in children makes their teeth more resistant to acid attacks. It has a healing effect by altering the structure of their enamel. For this reason, it is applicable for children under the age of seven years. However, too much fluoride, especially in kids, can lead to corrosion of the enamel a process called fluorosis.
Water can also help prevent tooth decay problems in children too. Calcium and phosphorous content in the teeth dissolve to form plaque in a process called demineralization. Water neutralizes the disease getting the mineral back to the enamel in a reverse process called remineralization. Ultimately, it prevents the loss of these minerals which could eventually cause decay.
Fluorinated water can also help strengthen teeth. When enamel thins on our teeth, they become sensitive. Food sensitivity to things like hot or cold can lead to discomfort when enjoying the foods we love. Getting a proper amount of fluoride can help keep tooth enamel strong, so you can fight tooth sensitivity. Enamel-strengthening properties can also be found in many toothpastes and mouthwashes, so these are also great tools in keeping teeth strong and healthy.
Water is also highly beneficial in removing debris and food particles from in between teeth. Not everyone can brush after every meal, but drinking water and swishing it through the teeth can help dislodge food particles that may be lingering. Clearing out the spaces in between teeth can help prevent plaque from building up, ultimately keeping your teeth clean until you’re able to brush them. Water does not replace brushing or flossing, but is a great substitute if you’re in a pinch.
Water can also help in fighting stains. Drinking water after drinking wine, coffee, tea or eating stain-inducing foods like blueberries can help wash away the stains before they can set. Again, water is not a replacement for brushing, but can help wash away damaging particles and stains before they have time to cause any problems in your mouth.
Not just great for the teeth and gums, but water also keeps your lips hydrated. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day keeps our skin and our lips adequately hydrated, so they don’t dry out. Dry lips can crack, break or peel and become susceptible to further issues.