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Why You Should Go With H2O

It doesn’t matter if your glass is half-empty or half-full – drinking water is always a good choice! The human body is made of 60% water, and staying hydrated helps your system distribute healthy nutrients, flush out waste, and keeps your muscles moving. Sipping water is also one of the best things you can do for your teeth – especially if it’s fluoridated. Below are a few reasons why you should drink more H2O!

It Strengthens Your Teeth:
Drinking water with fluoride is one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do to help prevent cavities.

It Keeps Your Mouth Clean:
Other drinks like soda or juice may help you wash down a meal, but they leave unwanted sugar behind on your teeth. Not only do they contain sugar, they also have added acids (phosphoric, citrus or malic acid) to make them taste less sweet, and those acids also eat away at your enamel.

Water on the other hand cleans your mouth with every sip! It washes away leftover food and residue, helping stave off cavities. It also dilutes the acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth. You’ll still need to brush twice a day for two minutes and clean between your teeth, but drinking water throughout the day will go a long way toward keeping your smile cavity-free.

It Fights Dry Mouth:
Did you know that Saliva is your mouth’s first defense against tooth decay? Saliva helps wash away leftover food, helps you swallow with ease, and keeps your teeth strong by washing them with calcium, phosphate and fluoride.  When your saliva supply runs low, dry mouth may put you at risk for tooth decay. By drinking water, you can help reduce that risk as you and your dentist find a long-term solution for dry mouth that works for you.

It’s Free of Calories:
Sweetened drinks that are high in sugar and calories put you at risk for cavities and other unhealthy consequences like weight gain. Studies have shown that drinking water can actually help you lose weight. So, the next time you need a drink, go guilt-free with good old H2O to take care of your body and your smile!

 

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