Drinking plenty of water daily is not only great for your health but also your smile! Although you might know that drinking water is good for your digestion and skin, it’s also effective at protecting your teeth. When you drink plenty of water, it keeps your saliva levels high. Saliva is your mouth’s best defense against tooth decay because it contains minerals and proteins that counteract enamel-eating acids, such as those found in citrus fruits, soda, and other high-sugar foods. Saliva is made up of 95 percent water, so when you feel your mouth feeling dry, you know why. Grab a glass of water!
Water is also an effective mouthwash. It’s a great alternative to many alcohol-based mouthwashes, which may increase your risk of oral cancer and exacerbate existing oral health problems. After every meal and before going to bed, be sure to swish some water throughout your mouth. This will help wash away any food debris, especially sugars. Sugar is the main adversary for a healthy smile as it helps feed the bacteria that causes plaque and tooth decay.
A good rule of thumb for how much water you should be getting daily is divide your body weight in half, and that’s how many ounces you should be getting. Remember there’s 128 ounces in a gallon and about 8-10 ounces in your average cup or glass. If you weigh 120 pounds, you should be drinking about 12 cups a day. If you weigh 200, you should be drinking about 20 cups a day. If you’re having trouble drinking water, start to increase your intake slowly every day, and you should be up to your goal in no time. Your smile, and more importantly your health will thank you for you it!