Is Drinking Water a Key to Preventive Dental Care?

Who doesn’t want a healthy smile? It’s why there are so many varieties of toothpaste, mouthwash and other items available on dental care aisles. It is also why cosmetic dentistry remains popular, because many people equate lovely smiles with healthy ones. Fortunately, one of the most effective things you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy is also one of the easiest and most affordable. It’s drinking plenty of water! Drinking water does your whole body good, including your smile.

Why Is Water So Important?

Many people don’t realize just how important saliva is to keeping smiles healthy. That is because saliva limits plaque bacteria’s ability to stick to the surface of teeth. Plaque buildup that can lead to cavities and also irritated and inflamed gums, which are a common symptom of gum disease, therefore preventing buildup is a key to oral care.

Water comes in by helping your body to produce more saliva, without which you are at a much higher risk of developing a variety of dental problems.

For many people, eight glasses of water drunk throughout the day is ideal. But this target number fluctuates based on a person’s weight, activity levels, diet, etc. In general, try to keep water with you at all times, and be sure to drink it after meals, especially. This can actually help rinse food particles from the teeth’s surface, between brushings.

You also need to talk with your dentist if you experience chronic dry mouth, no matter how much water you are drinking. This could be the result of medication, or another medical condition. The dentist may be able to help you treat the dry mouth, therefore protecting your smile!

About Your Spring, TX Dental Experts:

At Stephens, Gatewood, & Associates, located in Spring, TX, we proudly deliver modern, quality dental care in a welcoming, comfortable environment to patients and families throughout the community. Though we are located in Spring, we also welcome patients from Houston, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation with one of our experts, callStephens, Gatewood, & Associates today at 281-320-2000. Se Habla Espanol!