Water Works Wonders For Your Oral Health

You may know about some of the benefits of water. You may even understand to some degree the key role water plays in promoting good oral health. After all, it’s a little hard to brush your teeth without it.

But taking a moment to get a little more granular with good old h20, water also helps your oral health by keeping your saliva level high. That’s important because it turns out, your spit is a bit of an oral health hero! Saliva (which is 95% water) contains proteins and minerals that fight acids. In that sense, it offers a strong defense against tooth decay. Go saliva!

Water also offsets the damage sugary drinks like sodas have on tooth enamel. Swishing water in your mouth after drinking a sugary drink is a good way to dilute the acid and sugar if brushing your teeth isn’t immediately possible. (Plus, if you’re wondering how much water a day should you drink, a good rule of thumb to stay hydrated is to drink half of your body weight in ounces.)

Finally, the Centers for Disease Control named community water fluoridation one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century for its effect in reducing cavities and improving oral health in the U.S.

Partnering with charity: water

When you consider the importance of water in promoting good oral health, our partnership with charity: water is a natural. This year, our goal is to bring 10,000 smiles to Ethiopia by providing clean, safe water. Find out more about that and how you can donate here. And if you’re fortunate enough to already have access to all the water you could want, be sure to have a glass (or eight) each day. Your smile will love you for it!

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