Can drinking more water protect my smile?

Taking care of the teeth and gums is more than just brushing and flossing each day. What you eat and drink can also impact your oral health. Drs. Peck, Velastegui, and Homsi of Taylor Street Dental in Springfield, MA encourage patients to ask questions about how their nutrition can improve—or negatively impact—the teeth and gums.

Can drinking more water protect my smile?

Most patients are well aware that high-sugar beverages such as fruit juices and sodas are bad for the smile. But what about water? Can drinking more water not only keep the body hydrated by protect the smile? The simple answer to this question is yes! In fact, below are several ways in which water helps improve your oral health:

  • Water that is fluoridated is great for your teeth, as fluoride fortifies the teeth and restores calcium and phosphorous levels. This improves the strength of natural tooth enamel while reducing the risk of tooth decay.
  • Water keeps the mouth clean. When you drink water, you are flushing away food particles and residues that can cause harm to the teeth.
  • Drinking water helps maintain saliva in the mouth and combat dry mouth. Dry mouth is a condition that can develop and contribute to not only tooth decay but bad breath. By drinking water, the mouth stays moist and saliva levels improve.
  • Water freshens the breath. Foods such as garlic and onions can cause bad breath due to their strong odors. When you drink water during and after a meal, it can help fight halitosis and wash away odor-causing food particles that may be left behind.
  • Water does not stain the teeth. Many beverages such as coffees, wines, and teas can cause long-term staining to the teeth, while water ensures cleaner, brighter teeth!

Request a visit at Taylor Street Dental in Springfield, MA today!

Drs. Peck, Velastegui, and Homsi are available to assist new and current patients with their oral healthcare needs, including education on how to improve oral health and wellness. Call our office today at (413) 781-7645 to request a consultation appointment with our professionals. The office is conveniently located at 41 Taylor Street on the fourth floor.

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