With summers setting in, you must have come across various articles about the importance of staying hydrated. Our bodies are made up of 60% of water and during summers we tend to lose quite a bit of fluids because of the heat. Hence the need to stay hydrated constantly. Water also helps to distribute the nutrients in your water, takes out waste, keeps your skin healthy and keeps your muscles moving.
If these reasons are not enough to drink water. We are giving you one more! Having water is also one of the best ways to keep your teeth healthy. Read on to know how
Helps strengthen your Teeth
Drinking water with fluoride (called “nature’s cavity fighter”) is one of the easiest and most best ways you can prevent cavities. Water is usually the largest contributor to the daily fluoride intake. However too much of Fluoride is not good for your health. The WHO guideline value for fluoride is 1.5mg/litre, with a target of between 0.8–1.2mg/l to maximize benefits and minimize harmful effects. Acceptable levels depend on climate, volumes of water intake and the likely intake of fluoride in other sources. Much depends on whether other sources, like in fruits, vegetables or in the atmosphere, also have high levels.
Helps you keep your mouth clean
When you consume juice, soda, tea, coffee or sports drinks may help you wash down your food, but they can leave unwanted sugar behind on your teeth. The cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth love to eat sugar and produce acid that wears away your teeth.
Water, however, cleans your mouth with every sip. It washes away leftover food and residue that cavity-causing bacteria are looking for. It also dilutes the acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth. Rinsing your mouth after every meal, is also a great way to ensure that you get rid of leftover food.
Prevents dry mouth
Saliva, keeps your mouth moistened and is the first defense against tooth decay. It washes away leftover food, helps you swallow with ease.
When your saliva supply runs low, dry mouth may put you at risk for tooth decay. Drinking water can helps you cut the risk of dry mouth.
Sweetened drinks that are high in sugar and calories, create a perfect storm that puts you at risk for cavities and other unhealthy consequences like weight gain. In fact, studies have shown that drinking water can actually help you lose weight.
So the next time you need a drink, grab that bottle of water to take care of your body and your smile.
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