We all know that water is good for our health. More specifically, it’s good for our teeth! But have you ever thought about how the type of water you drink may be impacting your oral health? In this blog post, we’ll explore how a few common types of water react with your teeth.
- Bottled Water
- Sparkling Water
- Tap Water
Bottled water is a staple for many people. However, it may not be the best choice for your teeth. Once you’ve cracked open a plastic water bottle and started drinking from it, you become vulnerable to bacteria. That’s because the room temperature environment serves as a happy home for bacteria. Also, bottled water almost always lacks fluoride, which is beneficial to your teeth. And, of course, plastic bottles aren’t environmentally friendly. Kick the plastic water bottle habit. Your teeth, and the planet, will thank you!
Like a little fizz in your water? Seltzer water is growing increasingly popular as a preferred beverage these days. With no sugar but bubbles galore, it’s a trendy choice. Because sparkling water is typically more acidic than flat water, there has been concern that seltzer poses a risk to the tooth enamel. However, recent studies show that this probably isn’t true. Feel free to enjoy sparkling water, but make sure there’s no added sugar!
The exact makeup of the water you drink out of the tap will vary from place to place. Most places, though, do have fluoride added, making tap water the best type of water for your tooth strength and health. Fluoride is a natural mineral that is known for its cavity-fighting power. It remineralizes tooth enamel, making the teeth stronger and helping them hold up against decay.
So why is water great for your teeth? Beyond what we’ve already covered in this blog post, water does a great job helping to clean your mouth. After you’ve eaten, swish water around in your mouth. This will rinse out some of the lingering food particles and bacteria left behind from whatever you ate, holding you over until you have the chance to brush your teeth.
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