Water for Oral Health Part 2 – Using the Right Water in Routine Mouth Care

Water is vital for overall health, including that of your mouth. From Jaw to gingiva to individual teeth, aqua quality and quantity contribute to it all. Earlier this week, we discussed how getting the recommended amount via drinking was important to the internal processes and strength of your mouth. Today, let’s discuss how the quality of water can affect it from the surface inward.

Focus on pH
Acidic Levels of water should be a consideration. The pH level of water your use to brush and rinse teeth can attribute to the speed of enamel breakdown. Just as the acid in soda or citrus fruits pose a risk to your teeth, the acid levels of water can as well. (Keep in mind that the sugar content in the former two is more destructive). A great way to test this is buying the litmus paper strips you can find at health food stores. Whether it’s a bottled variety or straight from the faucet, you’ll have a better idea of whether it’s damaging your teeth. There are also digital meters and reagent drops that can be used. If you’re water is too acidic, consider adding baking soda or alkaline drops to neutralize it for the health of your teeth.

Facts on Fluoride
On Monday, we discussed fluoride and how it works in your body when ingested. Flouride can also be used topically to strengthen enamel and reverse tooth decay. If it’s in your water as you clean and rinse your mouth, so much the better. According to the American Dental Association, 70 plus years of research has continually proven that an peak level of fluoride in community water prevents tooth decay by more than 25% in both children and adults. It flushes out the tight spaces your brush bristles can’t clean while bolstering individual tooth quality. Between your water’s fluoride content and any tooth pastes, mouthwashes, and varnishes you use with the mineral in it, your mouth will be the better for it.

Clearing Bad Breathe
Water is a wonderful and easy way to guarantee you have neutral, inoffensive breathe. It stands to reason that if saliva helps break up bacteria and clear out debris, water would do likewise. Drinking or swishing with water after meals and between brushing will do just that. Drinking water also flushes the back of the tongue and the esophagus, neutralizing odors from particularly strong foods you swallow.

What all the Facts Conclude
A Slovakian proverb claims that pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine. We’d say it is the mouth’s. This water series presented all the facts for a regular routine of good quality water as a cornerstone to your oral health regiment. By testing and using neutral pH and mineral-filled water for drinking and cleaning your mouth, your smile will reap all the benefits.


Read part 1 of Water for Oral Health here.

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