It’s important to keep our bodies hydrated by drinking plenty of water every day. Water carries essential vitamins and minerals to all parts of the body and helps to flush out the impurities. Your saliva is made up mostly of water so that it can wash away bacterial plaque and leftover food debris from the surface of your teeth and gums. By drinking water, you can encourage the flow of saliva.
Sports drinks and soda may taste good for the moment but the fact is that the long term results can be damaging. The sugar content of these drinks mixes with the cavity causing bacteria in our mouths to produce the acids that eat away at our tooth enamel. When tooth enamel deteriorates the nerve center of the tooth becomes vulnerable.
Fluoride fights the acid attacks that threaten the tooth enamel. Community drinking water supplies are fluoridated for the protection against tooth decay and most of the toothpaste and mouthwashes on the market today contain fluoride. Some people, however, are more prone to infection. Dentists recommend the extra ounce of prevention that an in-office fluoride treatment can provide for those who are most susceptible.
Bottled water is a modern convenience but most brands contain little if any fluoride and should not become the main source of supply, tap water is the better choice.
Deidra Bird Kokel, DDS welcomes new patients with a complimentary exam and dental x-ray. Call 703-721-4539 in Leesburg, VA for your appointment.