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Your teeth are necessary to help you have clear speech and chew your food well. They require proper care such as brushing and flossing every day, as well as taking additional steps to protect and improve oral health. We offer a review of how drinking water can benefit your teeth and dental health.

Because humans are mainly water, our health depends on drinking lots of water on a daily basis. As a result, we help our bodies function properly. Drinking a recommended amount of water is not only good for your body but also your oral health, especially when you drink fluoridated water. Why? Because fluoride helps to fight cavities naturally and make the teeth stronger. If your community doesn’t offer fluoridated public drinking water to help prevent tooth decay, you are welcome to speak with our dentist about options to receive more fluoride.

Too often, sugary drinks such as juice, soda and coffee replace water intake, and this leads to a lot of sugar building up on the teeth. Bacteria then use this sugar to create harmful acids that eat away at the teeth. Drinking water flushes these harmful particles and bacteria away, making acid much less harmful to your teeth.

You can also drink water to improve dry mouth, especially if you take certain medications that reduce your saliva production. Saliva is important for cavity prevention, and drinking more water can help promote saliva while you find a long-term way to treat dry mouth.

We invite you to contact our practice at 910-799-5000 today if you would like to visit with Dr. Laris Milligan and learn more about your oral health in Wilmington, North Carolina.