Staying hydrated is essential for good oral health. Saliva is how your body naturally protects your mouth from conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay. According to recent data, up to 70-percent of adults in the United States have some form of gum disease, which is extremely concerning to our dentists.
Drinking plenty of liquids during the day is not only good for your overall health, but it can keep diseases at bay in your mouth and protects you from plaque growth that encourages the production of bacteria.
The Best Drinks for Your Mouth
There is no question that water is the best drink you can consume. It contains no sugars or preservatives, and its fat-free, cholesterol-free, and has zero calories. Water also provides the fluoride you need to protect your tooth's enamel if you live in an area that fluoridates the water supply. If you do not, then we offer fluoride treatments that have the same effect on your teeth.
Milk is one of the best things you can add to your kid's diets because it's an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D, both of which are essential for good oral health. Vitamin D helps absorb calcium more efficiently, and this can promote stronger teeth and gums. Commercially produced milk has one drawback, it contains a high amount of sugar.
Green tea is another drink that has become more and more popular in the United States due to its many beneficial properties. Green tea is believed to fight cardiovascular disease and cancer, among other serious conditions. Moreover, a study conducted in 2009, concluded that drinking green tea regularly reduced the instances of periodontal disease. Researchers believe that the antioxidant catechin is responsible for these encouraging results.
As you can see, there is no reason for not keeping your mouth hydrated, especially if you take medications that could dry out your salivary glands. Drinking plenty of water during the day can prevent the development of tooth decay and gum disease.
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