Ever wonder why drinking water is so very important, in other words why your medical physician and dentist, alike, are frequently urging you to up your H20 intake? Many people struggle to get the daily recommended amount of water each day, which can lead to a host of problems, physically and for their dental health as well. If you really want to take better care of yourself in 2017, take time to learn why proper hydration is so essential to overall health and preventing dental problems, and then train yourself to actually drink enough water each day!
Protect Your Oral Health by Drinking More Water
Many people understand that water is essential to their body and brain’s functions, including regulation of the body’s temperature. Yet many people fail to realize that water is equally important to protecting one’s oral health. That is because water helps to gently rinse the teeth and gums clean, in between brushings. It also helps the body to produce saliva, which is actually a natural defense against plaque buildup.
How? It’s because saliva limits plaque bacteria’s ability to stick to the surface of one’s teeth and gums, where it can create acidity and eventually lead to enamel erosion, even cavities.
So, make it a priority this year, to drink more water. Most doctors recommend between eight and ten glasses a day, as a base recommendation. That said, you likely need even more water, if you are particularly active, spend a lot of time outdoors, or if you are above average in size.