When it comes to a new year, many people aim to “be healthier” every January. Sometimes, this goal includes a complex workout and eating system that must be implemented specifically every day to achieve results. However, what if there is one simple thing you can do to boost your health, lose weight, and promote a healthier smile? Well, guess what? There is!
Drinking more water every day will improve the health of every single system in your body. The body is made up of 60% water, so it only makes sense that supplying your body with adequate water hydration will boost your health. While drinking water can curb your appetite and clear your skin, water also dramatically improves the health of your mouth – which, in turn, improves the health of your entire body.
You see, the health of your mouth is a huge indication of the health of the rest of your body. Many dangerous health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney failure, premature labor, low birth weight babies, and miscarriage, can all be directly linked to an unhealthy mouth. Therefore, boosting your water intake will boost how well your bodily systems function and help protect you from disease.
Ways Water Specifically Helps Your Smile
- Fluoride naturally protects your teeth. In 1951, the U.S. Public Health Service implemented water fluoridation in city and suburb water systems. Tooth decay was at an all-time high because many people did not have access to dental healthcare services. Drinking fluoridated water is a simple step you can take to strengthen your tooth enamel.
- Water works as a natural mouthwash. Every time you eat and drink something other than water, you are bathing your mouth in particles and residue. Oral bacteria inside the mouth thrive off of these left-behind particles, and they produce acids that wear away the tooth enamel. Drinking water continuously throughout the day helps wash away the particles, residue, and damaging bacteria so they do not damage the teeth.
- Water keeps your mouth moist. Perhaps the most undervalued aspect of oral health is saliva production. Saliva is the body’s first defense against tooth decay because it bathes the teeth in calcium, phosphate, and fluoride, and it also helps to wash away harmful particles and bacteria from the mouth. Drinking water promotes saliva production because it hydrates the body.
At Jefferson Dental Care, we want to help you appreciate the value that drinking water gives to your smile. We encourage you to set a goal to drink more water in 2021.
Posted on behalf of Jefferson Dental Care