Why Is Water Good for Teeth?

These days, there are a variety of beverages on the market that promise clean energy, strong muscles, improved concentration, and other health benefits. If you’re struggling with your oral health and looking for a drink that can clean teeth and fight cavities, you may be surprised to learn that tap water fits the bill.

man drinking from a water bottle to benefit his oral health

How Does Tap Water Clean Teeth?

Tap water cleans teeth in two ways: it washes away leftover food debris, and it increases saliva production. Leftover food debris attracts the bad bacteria in your mouth. If the food contains sugars or starches, bacteria in your mouth immediately begin breaking down food particles and producing acid. Without proper oral care, acid and bacteria can form plaque, a sticky biofilm that wears away at tooth enamel and can lead to cavities. If you do opt for a sweet treat, drink a glass of water afterwards to wash away any debris left on your teeth — your pearly whites will thank you.

Saliva is one of your body’s first lines of defense against tooth decay and cavities. It washes away food particles and contains an enzyme that begins the digestion process. Drinking water can stimulate saliva production and help clean your teeth, leading to a healthier smile.

How Does Tap Water Fight Cavities?

One of the most important public health achievements of the 20th century was adding fluoride to the public water supply to fight back against cavities. Cavities occur when bacteria and acid in your mouth wear away on your tooth enamel and create a hole. While enamel cannot regrow, it can be strengthened through a process called remineralization. Remineralization occurs when fluoride delivers minerals like calcium and phosphate to tooth enamel to help fortify the surface of your tooth.

Next time you are thirsty, Tyler dentist Dr. Laird and our team hope that you reach for a refreshing glass of tap water — your teeth will thank you! To ask our team any questions or to schedule your next visit to our office, contact us today!

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