It is a well-known fact that staying hydrated is a huge factor in keeping your body healthy. During the summer months, it is even more crucial to keep on top of your liquid intake to ensure that you don’t become dehydrated. Although drinking plenty is promoted for your general health, think carefully about your beverages as some may be damaging to your teeth.
The benefits of drinking water throughout the day are plentiful. One of these benefits is that it keeps your mouth moist which helps to wash away any bacteria that cause plaque and bad breath. Dry mouth may put you at risk of tooth decay as the cavity-causing bacteria is sitting in your mouth producing acid that wears away enamel.
Tap water strengthens your teeth because of the fluoride content. Fluoride improves the resistance to decay of your teeth. It is a mineral that is found in most toothpaste but is also commonly found in tap water.
Carbonated drinks (including diet) can have negative effects on your oral health due to the high acidity which can cause tooth erosion like softening or destroying the enamel. Some of the signs of tooth erosion are; sensitivity, discolouration, cracking or transparency. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek dental advice.
If you do want to enjoy a carbonated beverage from time to time, make sure you use a straw. This will minimise the contact with the surfaces of your teeth and in turn, will reduce the potential damage. Another tip is to not drink it over a long period of time and to drink water afterwards to wash away the bacteria.
Drinking tea slows down tooth decay and gum disease because it contains compounds that destroy bacteria. Just make sure you don’t add sugar.
The key to keeping both your general health and your oral health in check this summer is to drink as much water as possible. If you would like more information or tips on keeping your oral health in an amazing condition, contact Oak Mount Dental Practice on 0161 445 1211.
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