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How Can Tap Water Improve Your Dental Health?
Posted on 10/25/2019 by Crossroads Family Dental
It is quite surprising that more and more of the public in the United States aren't informed of the facts behind how healthy it is to drink water from the tap. It is a popular myth that drinking bottled spring water is better for your teeth than tap water. Our office would like to clear that up and explain the benefits you may not be aware of in drinking tap water.
Tap Water Prevents Cavities and Teeth Stains
Drinking water throughout the day washes the acids, sugars, and food particles out of your teeth that cause plaque build-up. It's not always possible to brush your teeth in situations like at work or on the road. Swish water around can clean and protect your teeth if it's tap water. The reason for this is that tap water actually contains fluoride. Almost all bottled water does not.
Tap Water Fights Bacteria
Certain types of bacteria thrive in a parched mouth, which is why when you wake up you have that odor we call morning breath.
You can purge yourself of morning breath or even subsequently, coffee breath, by drinking water and occasionally swishing it around your mouth. This restricts the bad breath bacteria from developing and also produces saliva to wash away any remaining food particles that could contribute to bad breath or tooth decay.
Benefits of Fluoride
Most public sources of water are also good sources of fluoride. Fluoridated water helps fight tooth decay and cavities and can actually help restore affected teeth by sealing them with a layer of protection. This essentially cuts the bacteria on the tooth off from moisture and kills the bacteria, allowing your teeth to heal. Fluoride is particularly important for children as their teeth are still growing the fluoride tap water protects them through that process.
Tap water with fluoride strengthens the entire tooth structure, making it more resistant to decay. It also promotes remineralization, which can repair early stages of tooth decay. By taking some good ole tap water from home with you throughout the day and coupling it with brushing and flossing, you will be healthy and defended through the day.
Don't overlook coming and seeing us every 6 months for a dental exam and deep cleaning. Our office is happy to ensure your mouth is healthy and your teeth are strong.
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